Money and Politics Abroad

Money and Politics Abroad

Money and Politics Abroad

Money and Politics Abroad

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The relation between money and politics has come to be one of the great problems of democratic government. Not only in America, but also in Britain, in Germany, and in France--in fact, wherever vast electorates must be organized and controlled in order to reach decisions--the influence of money is and has been great. In my study of the financing of political parties in the United States which appeared in 1926 under the title of Party Campaign Funds I discussed the various phases of this vital problem from American experience. Now I have endeavoured to present the experiences of England, France, and Germany with political funds, in the hope that with this broader basis of information we shall be in a much better position to comprehend the whole problem and to understand its bearing upon democratic government everywhere.

Through the generosity of the Social Science Research Council I was enabled to spend the year 1927-8 and two months in 1929 in Europe studying the use of money in elections. In 1930 I received a grant from the Faculty Research Fund of the University of Michigan which enabled me to return to Germany and observe the election of that year. During these periods abroad I have made the observations upon which this study is based. I have observed the Irish Free State election of 1927, the German Reichstag and Landtag elections of 1928, the French parliamentary elec-

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