Dollars and Democracy: The Dynamics of Australian Political Finance and its Regulation

Centre Member: Joo-Cheong Tham
Associates: Brian Costar and Graeme Orr
Research Staff: Malcolm Anderson

This project will provide a foundation for meeting the complex challenge of realising democratic principles given the various flows of money in politics. Its analyses reform recommendations, and data will serve the national benefit by enabling the political and electoral system to better advance the democratic functions of parties; the principles of transparency, equality and liberty; and the prevention of corruption and its perception. The public availability of its data will enhance political reporting and accountability. It will also contribute significantly to the international literature on political finance through its comparative examination of theoretical explanations and democratic principles.