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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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Identification Number: 10.1023/A:1008228618203


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.

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Additional Information: © 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 16:49
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 03:21

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