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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Money, Politics, and Democracy

Canada’s Party Finance Reforms

In 2004, Jean Chrétien’s Liberals banned corporations and unions from contributing financially to political parties. In 2008, opposition leaders were prepared to defeat the Conservative Party over its proposal to eliminate public subsidies to parties. In this book, prominent political scientists explore the underlying issues that led to the showdown. Are publicly funded parties compatible with democracy? What effects has party finance reform had on elections and on the balance of power between parties and donors and between national parties and local organizations? Contributors show that campaign finance reforms have shaped party organization and electoral competition, contributing to successive minority governments.

236 pages


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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