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Title:Party Finance and the Politics of Money in Southern Africa
Author:Pottie, David
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:21
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:5-26
Language:English
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Subjects:political parties
financing
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000305451
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=UAER4EWYPLDEX2QL1CWY
Abstract:There are three main sources of funds for political parties in southern Africa. First, income is derived from private domestic donations as party membership fees, corporate contributions, personal donations, and voluntary effort on the part of members. Second, foreign donations form a substantial, albeit unquantified, source of party income. Third, public funding is very common. The mixture of regulated public support and a laissez faire approach to private donations threatens to undermine the values that the advocates of public funding claim to advance, viz. a level playing field and accountability. The paper compares the legal and institutional framework within which party funding takes place in southern Africa, with more detailed assessment of Zimbabwe and South Africa. It concludes that only broadly applied and widely publicized disclosure is likely to insulate parties from perceptions of influence-peddling and discourage private interests from attempts to purchase influence. App., bibliogr., notes, ref.
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