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Money to burn: Party finance and party organization in federal countries


2005 2005

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How do political finance laws impact party organizations? In order to explain change in party organization via finance laws, I combine two approaches to the study of political parties, rational choice and institutionalism. This theory has two important elements. First, party organizers (who are defined as rational actors who design and build organizations in order to win elections) will seek the most efficient means to manage their organization. That is, they want to conduct as many activities as possible without spending a lot of time, personnel and financial resources. Second, the institutional environment of organizers (especially party finance legislation) constrains their ability to allocate resources. When legislatures change finance policies, then organizers must alter their organization and collect revenue and allocate resources accordingly in order to adapt to new finance laws. I test this theory by examining thirteen parties in four federal countries: Austria, Canada, Germany and the U.S. I use finance reports, interviews, and original survey research to demonstrate the increasing professionalism of political parties on all levels and their increasing distance from members and activists. A story about the unintended consequences party finance legislation emerges. Although parties develop the laws that regulate their action, the results are more different than they could have foreseen. For example, although party bureaucracies are larger, parties are spending less time recruiting and communicating with members and activists. Furthermore, stricter contribution limits and disclosure requirements have created parties concerned with chasing money.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Political science;
Finance
Classification
0615: Political science
0508: Finance
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Austria; Campaign finance laws; Canada; Federal countries; Finance; Germany; Party organization; United States
Title
Money to burn: Party finance and party organization in federal countries
Author
Smith, Claire Marie
Number of pages
303
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0165
Source
DAI-A 66/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0542217058, 9780542217050
Advisor
McAdams, A. James
University/institution
University of Notre Dame
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3181537
ProQuest document ID
305423129
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305423129
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