Journal article

The Impact of Political Finance Regulation on Party Organisation

Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta, Joo-Cheong Tham, Zim Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson

PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Political finance regulations require political parties to engage with a complex and multi-faceted regulatory environment. This article develops a framework to understand how political finance regulation impacts on party organisation and applies it to a diverse grouping of six parties from the Australian State of New South Wales. We find that all parties seek to capture the benefits of compliance, and minimise their exposure to the risks of non-compliance, by centralising and professionalising their organisation. However, the intensity of these responses is moderated by party characteristics, including levels of institutionalisation, party family type and incumbency status. The research thus..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants from the New South Wales Electoral Commission and the Melbourne School of Government, Melbourne University.