Political Parties and Elections: Legislating for Representative Democracy

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 246 pages
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Political Parties and Elections presents a comparative analysis of the ways in which advanced industrial democracies - specifically the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - seek to regulate the activities of political parties in electoral contests. Utilizing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, author Anika Gauja surveys electoral law and ancillary legislation to analyze the case law that guides the interpretation of this legislation.
  

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Contents

Public Law Political Parties and Representative Democracy A Framework for Comparative Analysis
1
Political Parties and Constitutions
23
The Gradual Legal Recognition of Political Parties
43
Requirements for Party Registration and Internal Organization
65
Regulating Party Candidate Selection Contests
99
Parties and the Conduct of Elections
127
The Public Funding of Election Campaigns and Political Parties
141
The Private Funding of Election Campaigns Regulating Political Donations and Expenditures
165
Parties in Parliament The Independence of the Legislature
193
Conclusion
205
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About the author (2013)

Anika Gauja is a Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia and holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Politics from Cambridge University, UK. She is the co-author of Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics (Allen and Unwin, 2009).

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