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If Money Talks, What Does it Say?: Corruption and Business Financing of Political Parties

Iain McMenamin


If money talks, what does it say? Why do businesses contribute to political parties? Is money a universal language? Do business contributions to political parties convey different messages in different countries? This book answers these questions based on intensive case studies of Australia, Canada, and Germany, as well as data from other countries. Business money does talk politics. In liberal Australia and Canada, the competitive short-term focus of firms generated substantial demand for private goods that could help firms develop an advantage over their rivals. Thus, business financing of p ... More

Keywords: corruption, business, political finance, australia, germany, canada, political parties, political reform, business–government relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain McMenamin, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University