Introduction: Comparative Party Finance

  title={Introduction: Comparative Party Finance},
  author={Justin C. Fisher and Todd A. Eisenstadt},
  journal={Party Politics},
  pages={619 - 626}
The study of party finance is underdeveloped. Unlike many areas of parties and elections, the financial aspects have tended to escape extensive academic analysis. This omission is odd since party finance matters for all sorts of reasons. The study of political finance is fundamental to the study of the workings of representative democracy. For Alexander (1989: 10–12) money is an element of political power, because it buys what is not or cannot be volunteered. Moreover, money is the most… 
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