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The Politics of Party Funding: State Funding to Political Parties and Party Competition in Western Europe

Michael Koß


Recently there has been a convergence of party funding regimes across Western Europe. The driving force behind this process has been the introduction of state funding to political parties. Why is state funding to political parties being introduced in ever more countries and yet in some places it has only been introduced to a decidedly small degree? This book argues that a consensus of the relevant parties is a prerequisite for the introduction of state funding. The book therefore supposes a nexus between party competition and the outcome of party funding reforms. The introduction of state fund ... More

Keywords: political parties, party funding, party competition, veto points, party goals, discourse on political corruption, Germany, Sweden, Britain, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Koß, author
Lecturer in Politics, University of Potsdam