Political Corruption and Electoral Funding: A Cross-National Analysis
2013 (English)In: International Criminal Justice Review, ISSN 1057-5677, Vol. 23, no 1, 75-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to study the suspect nature of private campaign finance, understood as the donors’ hidden intentions and delayed exchange of reciprocities with incumbents. In particular, I explore whether electoral contributions from private corporations lead to political corruption. On the basis of a cross-national analysis, I find that, first, private financing reduces corruption because the use of this legal mechanism is enough to guarantee that the donors’ interests will be achieved. Second, donors recognize that they have gained influence over policy outcomes, although in the spirit of the electoral laws this is not intended to occur. This increases corruption because incumbents use their positions of power to bend the rules and to adjust regulations and decisions in favor of their financial supporters. This paradox suggests law neutralization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 23, no 1, 75-94 p.
comparative crime/justice, crime policy, courts/law, critical criminology
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88102DOI: 10.1177/1057567713476886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88102DiVA: diva2:609555
FunderSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SWE 2007-209