Money in Politics

Money can have a negative influence on politics and present a challenge to foreign aid. Find out how to reduce political funding’s adverse impact on developing countries.

Money is vital for modern democracies. Without it, citizens would not have the means to convey ideas nor compete for political power through electoral processes. However, money can distort the democratic ideals of fair competition through unbalanced access to resources to some individuals or political groups, upsetting one of the cornerstones of democracy – the concept of ‘one person one vote’.  

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Money in politics: curbing corruption in political finance

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Financiamiento Politico y Corrupcion

This animation, produced by Transparency International in 2010 in Spanish, presents a summary of the main risks associated with the financing of political parties and political campaigns, besides making four recommendations on how citizens can contribute to reduce the negative influence money may have in such political processes.
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Author: Heidenheimer, A.J. and Johnston, M., eds.
Release date: September 2001

Political Corruption: Concepts and Contexts

‘Political Corruption’ remains one of the core references for both academics and practitioners with an interest in corruption, and contains a number of now classic scholarly contributions on the subject. The volume begins with a section summarizing concepts and definitions, and moves on to examine corruption as an aspect of political development, modernization and economic growth. Further chapters compare corruption across different historical periods, different regions of the world, and different types of political regimes. Other subjects covered include perceptions of corruption, corruption measurement and corruption of political parties. The book ends with a section on international efforts to control corruption.

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