n African Security Review - The party funding challenge in Southern Africa : money in Southern African politics : essay
|Article Title||The party funding challenge in Southern Africa : money in Southern African politics : essay|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||81 - 90|
In a environment where party financing, private funding in particular, is generally a laissez-faire business, as in most Southern African countries, there is the real risk that interest groups and wealthy individuals will buy influence in political parties and in so doing erode public confidence in the political system. Because they are neither open to public scrutiny nor subject to any legislative restraints, huge private donations can, and often do, come with strings attached. This lack of transparency and openness, as well as mechanisms to prevent it, provides ample ground for influence peddling, where those who pay the piper call the tune. Left unchecked, this party funding scenario will continue to be a serious indictment of the region's democratisation projects, crippling democracy and stunting economic development. This article considers the transparency of party funding or lack of it in the Southern African region.
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