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Business financing of politics in Ireland: Theory, evidence and reform

McMenamin, Iain (2011) Business financing of politics in Ireland: Theory, evidence and reform. (Paper No. No 12/2011). Dublin City University.

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Abstract

This article takes a new perspective on business and politics in Ireland from the comparative literature on business financing of politics. It introduces a theoretical language based on the concepts of ideological and pragmatic donations and discrete and reciprocal exchange. It goes on to discuss the extent to which the Irish political system generates incentives for these types of behaviour. Its empirical core is a quantitative analysis of disclosed donations to TDs between 2002 and 2009, but it also exploits anecdotal and official sources. This study concludes that there has been considerable scope for the exchange of brokerage services in reciprocation for small disclosed donations. Current reform proposals will reduce but not eliminate this potential, especially if there is no enumeration of commercial payments and loans received by politicians and parties.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. No 12/2011)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:political finance; business-government relations; interest groups Ireland corruption
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Dublin City University
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16667
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 14:24 by Shane Martin. Last Modified 09 Nov 2011 14:03

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