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Party Funding and Campaign Financing in International Perspective : Columbia London Law Series - Keith Ewing

Party Funding and Campaign Financing in International Perspective

Columbia London Law Series

By: Keith Ewing (Editor), Samuel Issacharoff (Editor)


Published: 19th January 2006
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This volume deals with questions of political party funding and campaign financing, issues which arouse controversy in many parts of the world. How are the central actors in the political arena supposed to gather the funds necessary to operate effectively on behalf of their chosen political ends? And, how may they spend money in furtherance of their political objectives? The aim of this volume, the first in a new series of Columbia University/London University collaborative projects, is to explore these issues in the specific context of a number of national settings. The studies presented here show that financing questions cannot be addressed independent of the constitutional conventions of the country, the nature of the political parties in the country, and the means of access to publication and the media in any given nation. It may be one matter in the US, where the political parties do not have a mass institutional base, to restrict contributions from any particular source to a few thousand dollars, or even to prohibit union contributions to political parties altogether. But in a country with a Labour Party built upon the union structure, that same rule would be an invitation to state assault upon a central political actor. Similarly, the high role of constitutional oversight in the United States and Canada yields surprisingly divergent results in terms of whether contributions or expenditures may be curtailed. The national studies in this volume reveal a rich diversity in the approach to regulation in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, Quebec, the United Kingdom and the United States. The topicality of the issues considered is reflected in the fact that since the book was first mooted there have been major decisions of the US Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as an investigation and report by the Electoral Commission in the United Kingdom, all of which have a direct bearing on the legal and policy issues discussed in this book.

...the book is accessible and authoritative, providing not only valuable insights into a range of funding regimes but also fascinating discussions of the theoretical underpinnings of regulation within political systems based on the freedoms of speech and expression and judicial interpretations of the constitutionality or, otherwise, of various modes of regulation. It should provide a basic resource not only for public lawyers interested in such issues but also a wide range of others from a variety of disciplines concerned with the role of money in politics and elections...if you are interested in the issues, read this excellent book. Ron Johnston Parliamentary Affairs September, 2007 ...the broad commonalities of the essays-- clear descriptions of lamentable political practices, thoughtful accounts of well-intentioned attempts to remedy them, and acknowledgments of the limits of such reform attempts--will impress even the most disinterested scholar... a superior survey of contemporary struggles with issues of campaign finance in several countries. Mark Rush Law and Politics Book Review, Vol 16/9 September 2006 ...a valuable book as it presents the major arguments of the debate. Matt Qvortrup Political Studies Review, Vol 5, No 2 April 2007 ...draws together an international team of fine scholars, especially from member countries of the Commonwealth, such as New Zealand, Canada, and Australia...For academic lawyers and political scientists in the United States, [this] edition will be particularly useful because of its mainly non-American approach. Michael Pinto-Duschinsky Election Law Journal Volume 6, Number 4, 2007

'Light Touch' Regulation and its Discontents
The Regulation of Campaign Funding in New Zealand: Practices, Problems and Prospects for Change
Big Bang' Regulation of a Private Funding Regime
Regulation of Political Funding under the United Kingdom's: Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 - And Beyond?
The Disclosure of Political Donations in Britain - New Regulation, Old Problems
Access to the Airwaves and Equality: The Case against Media Political Advertising on the Broadcast Media
From State Regulation to State Funding
Political Finance Law and Electoral Funding in Australia
The Growing Importance of Public Funding in Japan
Financing Parties at the Grass - Roots Level: The Quebec Experience
Regulation and Judicial Review
Throwing in the Towel: The Constitutional Morass of Campaign Finance
Soft Money, Congress, and the Supreme Court
The Law of American Party Finance
Regulation and Judicial Review
The Supreme Court of Canada's Political Theory and the Constitutionality of the Political Finance Regime
Elections, Democracy, and Free Speech: More at Stake than an Unfettered Right to Advertise
Starting from Scratch
Political Parties in the European Union: Towards a European Party Statute?
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ISBN: 9781841135700
ISBN-10: 1841135704
Series: Columbia London Law Series
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 19th January 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1