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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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: Transparency International
Release date: January 2009

Political Finance Regulations: Bridging the Enforcement Gap

Legislators pass political finance regulations and feel they have done their homework: safeguarded political processes against corruption in financing politics. They soon discover that, in many cases, enforcement of such laws is a much more complicated business. In this policy paper, TI discusses 10 principles to enable such laws to become effective practices, allowing money to play its necessary role in the political game and minimizing the risks its undue influence poses to democracy.

Author: Adetula, V
Release date: January 2008

Money and Politics in Nigeria

Financing politics is considered to be a good investment in Nigeria. Once a godfather elects his protégée, return is guaranteed. Corruption in financing politics in the country permeates every level of the government and takes many forms. No wonder political parties are among the 3 most corrupt institutions according to governance surveys in Nigeria. However, the problem has not yet received deserved attention. This book, organized by IFES, brings an overview of the situation and prospects for the Nigerian democracy, making it an important reading for those working with governance issues in the country.


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