The recent debate on the role of money in politics has shed the light on the challenges of political finance regulations. What are the risks associated with the funding of political parties and election campaigns? Why are existing regulatory models still insufficient to tackle those risks? What are the links between money in politics and broader frameworks for integrity in the public sector? This report addresses these three questions and provides a Framework on Financing Democracy, designed to shape the global debate and provide policy options as well as a mapping of risks. It also features country case studies of Canada, Chile, Estonia, France, Korea, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil and India, providing in-depth analysis of their political finance mechanisms and challenges in different institutional settings.
|Foreword and Acknowledgements|
Funding of political parties and election campaigns, risks of policy capture and policy options5 chapters available
Country case studies9 chapters available
Addressing three key questions:
This report answers these questions and the resulting analysis has produced a Framework on Financing Democracy for shaping the global debate, providing policy options and a mapping of risks.
The report will also feature 9 detailed country case studies (Canada, Chile, Estonia, France, Korea, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil and India), providing in-depth analysis of their political finance mechanisms and challenges in different institutional settings.
Take the money and run: the uses and abuses of political funding (blog article presenting the main findings of the report)
The way forward
The OECD is committed to provide comparative data, benchmarks and indicators relative to financing democracy, integrity in the public policymaking process, and averting policy capture in order to measure costs, identify benefits and monitor performance of existing measures.
Countries would benefit from highlighting and sharing good practices so as to identify the conditions for policies and practices that effectively safeguard the integrity of the policymaking process and curb the risks of policy capture by the powerful narrow interests.