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Posada-Carba: Democracy, parties, and political finance in Latin America

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Posada-Carba. 2001. Democracy, parties, and political finance in Latin America. Paper presented at the conference on Political Finance and Demcoracy in East Asia, Seoul, South Korea, June 28-30.

In Brief

The author studies how state financing of political parties affects party systems.

  1. State financing may lower the barriers to entry, making it easier for new parties to establish themselves.
  2. May reduce incentives for parties to establish relations with civil society (just as external funding keeps local NGOs from building up local support)
  3. Probably won't reduce corruption (parties will take money from state, but keep taking it from donors, too)
  4. Could make parties more cohesive (increasing the resources they have to offer, encouraging politicians to remain in the party rather than go it alone)

Lots of potential here for further research.

Research on similar subjects


Posada-Carba, Eduardo (author)Comparative PoliticsPartiesElectionsCampaign FinanceParty Systems

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