Reforming party finance in South Africa: exploring the options

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): C.Schulz-Herzenberg, G.Pienaar
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, POLITICAL PARTIES, TRUST
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-jan-march-2016/reforming-party-finance-in-sa
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9178

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Abstract

Money plays a fundamental role in a democracy. Political parties need to reach their constituencies and inform them of their policies. Not disclosing private donations can lead to corruption, cronyism and policy capture, but would disclosing donations necessarily increase public trust? Collette Schulz-Herzenberg and Gary Pienaar pick up on this crucial debate.