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Political parties, political corruption, and the economic theory of democracy

Hopkin, Jonathan (1997) Political parties, political corruption, and the economic theory of democracy. Crime, Law and Social Change, 27 (3-4). pp. 255-274. ISSN 0925-4994

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Abstract

Many prominent cases of political corruption in Western European democracies have involved political parties, yet the link between theories of political parties and theories of political corruption has not been explored. This article seeks to examine this link from the perspective of economic theories of democracy. It is argued that the economic model of party organisation is liable to encourage corrupt behaviour on the part of politicians, and that modern party organisations are coming to resemble this model, making political corruption more likely to emerge. It is suggested that this hypothesis finds some empirical support in the evidence of systematic corruption amongst Southern European socialist parties.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/102868/
Additional Information: © 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 16:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26446/

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