Money, Politics, and Democracy: Canada?s Party Finance Reforms

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In 2004, Jean Chrétien’s Liberals banned corporations and unions from funding political parties. In 2008, opposition leaders were prepared to defeat the Conservative government over its proposal to eliminate public subsidies to political parties.

In Money, Politics, and Democracy, Lisa Young and Harold Jansen lead a distinguished group of political scientists in exploring the issues that led to the dramatic showdown. Are publicly funded parties compatible with the basic tenets ...

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In 2004, Jean Chrétien’s Liberals banned corporations and unions from funding political parties. In 2008, opposition leaders were prepared to defeat the Conservative government over its proposal to eliminate public subsidies to political parties.

In Money, Politics, and Democracy, Lisa Young and Harold Jansen lead a distinguished group of political scientists in exploring the issues that led to the dramatic showdown. Are publicly funded parties compatible with the basic tenets of democracy? What effect have party finance reforms had on the balance of power between parties and donors, on the relationship between national parties and local organizations, on electoral competition? This timely volume reveals that the financial centre of gravity for political parties is shifting between national and local organizations as individual donors replace unions and corporations. To ensure their financial survival, parties must now maximize their numbers of seats and votes.

The first comprehensive study of modern campaign finance reforms in Canada, Money, Politics, and Democracy suggests that campaign finance reforms have shaped party organization and electoral competition, contributing to successive minority governments.

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This timely volume, authored by a distinguished group of Canadian, British, and American scholars, offers interesting perspectives on the political finance reforms started in 2003. It is vital for scholars to investigate the impact of these reforms, which constitute a potentially major shift in relations between parties and big donors, and between different levels of party organizations.- Susan Scarrow, co-editor of Democracy Transformed?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774818926
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Reforming Party and Election Finance in Canada / Lisa Young and Harold J. Jansen

2 State Funding of Political Parties: Truths, Myths, and Legends / Justin Fisher

3 Public Funding of Political Parties: The Case for Further Reform / F. Leslie Seidle

4 Finance Reform and the Cartel Party Model in Canada / Richard S. Katz

5 Cartels, Syndicates, and Coalitions: Canada's Political Parties after the 2004 Reforms / Harold J. Jansen and Lisa Young

6 The Impact of Election Finance Reforms on Local Party Organization / David Coletto and Munroe Eagles

7 The Quarterly Allowance and Turnout: Old and New Evidence / Peter John Loewen and André Blais

8 Financing Party Leadership Campaigns / William Cross and John Crysler

9 Lessons from the American Campaign Finance Reform Experience / Robert G. Boatright

10 Conclusion / Harold J. Jansen and Lisa Young

Index

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