1st Edition

Money Rules: Parties, Oligarchs and Funding Regulation in Post-Soviet Countries

Edited By Fernando Casal Bértoa, Levan Tsutskiridze Copyright 2024
    226 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of the regulation of party finance in post-Soviet countries by leading academics and practitioners in the field.

    Through a series of cutting-edge chapters, using both original quantitative and qualitative data, it systematically sheds theoretical and empirical light on the way party funding regulation has evolved since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, as well as on the manner in which the legal regulation of party finances has had an impact (or not) on the evolution of party politics and democratic consolidation in the region. The book examines regulation in post-Soviet countries like Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia and Ukraine. In analysing the various dimensions of party funding regulation and their impact on political parties, party systems and democracy, it looks at the past and future, and makes recommendations on how legislation could be improved in order to further party development, party system stabilisation and democratic consolidation for all the countries in the region.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars, students, practitioners and journalists interested in political party finance and anti-corruption, and more broadly to political parties, democracy and democratic governance, and post-Soviet/Russian and East European politics.

    Introduction: Does Money Rule Post-Soviet Party Politics?

    Fernando Casal Bértoa

    1. Against The Mainstream? The Impact of Party Regulation in Political Competition in Moldova

    Sergiu Lipcean, In Collaboration with Elena Prohnitchi

    2. Dominance By Default: Political Finance and The Political Party System in Mongolia

    Dagvyn Enkhtsetseg and Altankhuyagyn Bat-Orgil

    3. Regulation of Party Finance in Russia and its Implications for The Party System

    Valeria Tonhäuser and Alexander Kynev

    4. Money For Nothing ? The Trends and Patterns of Political Finance Regulation and Party System Development in Georgia

    Bakur Kvashilava and Levan Tsutskuridze

    5. Fighting For Dominance: Party Funding Regulation and Party System Development in Armenia

    Hamazasp Danielyan, Harout Manougian and Fernando Casal Bértoa

    6. The Illusion Of Transparency: Party Finance Regulation in Ukraine and its Impact on The Party System

    Oleksii Sydorchuk and Bohdan Bernatskyi

    7. Kyrgyz Parties In Quicksand: When the Only Constant is Weak Party Regulation

    Anastasia Griadasova and Emilbek Dzhuraev

    8. Autocrats, Oligarchs, and Party Politics in Kazakhstan

    Dimash Alzhanov and Nurseit Niyazbekov

    Conclusions And Recommendations: Party Funding Regulation and Legislative Reform

    Levan Tsutskuridze


    Fernando Casal Bértoa is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Nottingham.

    Levan Tsutskiridze is the Executive Director of EECMD (East European Centre for Multiparty Democracy.