Political finance in Western Europe

Authors: Daniela R. Piccio | Published in: In Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns. Stockholm: International IDEA, pp. 206-252. | Date of publication: 2014


Financial resources play a crucial role in determining which actors participate in the political process in modern democracies. The importance of the ways in which political parties access and use financial resources has stimulated the regulation of political finance around the world, including in Northern, Western and Southern Europe. This chapter identifes the most important challenges of political finance legislation in these countries and compares European regulatory patterns (implementation and eff ectiveness in particular) to those in other regions.

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