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No Money, No Party: The Role of Political Parties in Electoral Campaigns

Abstract : This chapter aims to offer a fresh perspective on campaign finance by looking at political parties as key organisations of electoral campaigns. The chapter defends three claims: (1) that parties are ideally suited to organise campaigns in accordance with the democratic principle of collective self-rule, because they realise campaigns' epistemic, justificatory and motivational functions; (2) that campaign finance regulations affect parties' capacity to fulfil these functions, as well as their mutual relations and internal structure; and as a consequence (3) that we should consider their proper functioning at least as a pro tanto reason in favour of public funding, specifically in the form of a voucher system. After the introduction, the chapter illustrates the normative conception of political parties and then shows in the third section how they are ideally suited to organise electoral campaigns. The fourth section introduces the debate around campaign finance regulations, while the fifth clarifies why normative theorists working on parties and campaign finance should talk to each other and outlines a potential benefit of the voucher system for intra-party democracy. The conclusion wraps up.
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Chiara Destri. No Money, No Party: The Role of Political Parties in Electoral Campaigns. Rutger Claassen; Michael Bennet; Huub Brouwer. Wealth and Power: Philosophical Perspectives, Routledge, In press. ⟨hal-03546900⟩

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