How do countries around the world regulate the role that money plays in politics?
To help answer this question, in March 2012 International IDEA launched its Political Finance Database, containing data on political finance regulations in force in 180 countries.
This report highlights key findings from the database, emphasizing global trends and regional variations. Correlations between key political finance regulations and other variables such as political freedom and corruption are explored.
The report concludes with recommendations on the key issues needed for better regulating the role that money plays in politics.
About the database
1. Global and regional analysis
The world of political finance regulation at a glance
Bans on donations
Limits on donations
The provision of public funding
Bans on expenditure
Limits on expenditure
Enforcement and sanctions
2. Political finance regulations and other variables
Levels of freedom and regulation of political finance
Perceptions of corruption and regulation of political finance
Political parties versus candidates
Transparency in political finance
Appendix: full list of questions contained in the database
References and further reading