Political corruption and campaign contributions

Project leader

Funding source

Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 600000 SEK


This project seeks to analyze the problematic relationship between campaign financing and political corruption. The aim is to determine whether or not campaign financing fosters political corruption. Three specific questions will be explored:

1. Is there more political corruption in countries where elections are funded privately?

2. Do private companies see electoral donations as “legal bribes”?

3. Do legal electoral donations constitute a form of “law neutralization”?

This study is conducted in three stages. In the first stage, we conduct a theoretical review of the problem at issue and a cross-country analysis which we use to study the relationship between campaign financing and political corruption in 80 countries. In the second stage, we apply a survey on 302 private companies in Colombia to study the process of giving electoral contributions in this country. In the third stage, we document three local cases in Colombia to illustrate how campaign contributions affect the political decision-making process.

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