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Paying for Politics

Party Funding and Political Change in South Africa and the Global South

Paying for Politics explores the challenges of party funding reform in South Africa today. Key controversies in SA's party finance reform are explored and analyzed.


The relationship between money and politics is at the heart of South Africa’s democracy. A healthy democracy needs strong political parties and vibrant election campaigns. But the money needed to pay for democratic competition can place undue power in the hands of wealthy individuals and companies. It can also promote corruption and the abuse of state power. The book investigates experiences elsewhere in the South. Chapters by leading international specialists focus on middle income developing countries such as Mexico, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and Malaysia, and on the lessons they have to share.

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  • Prof. Anthony Butler
    • Andile Sokomani
      • Zwelethu Jolobe
        • Raenette Taljaard
          Single title
          November 25, 2010
          Paying for Politics Book Review
          Book Cover: Paying for Politics Book Cover: Paying for Politics (Launch October 2010)