This book has its origins in a paper I presented on ' Corruption and Party Finance' to a European Association for Social Science Conference in Cyprus in 1997. I am grateful to the organizers and particularly to Professor Michael Johnston, who facilitated my contribution. I am also grateful to my former editor at Macmillan, Sunder Katwala, for encouraging me to develop my ideas for the book. In preparing this book, my editorial burden was greatly reduced by the professionalism and courtesy of the contributors. Most book editors have 'horror' stories to tell but in this case I am happy to record my sincere appreciation to the contributors for the quality of their work and their promptness in meeting deadlines.
My principal debt, as always, is to Jean Richardson, whose help and support made this book possible.