International perspectives on electoral finance reform

April 13th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

and the VUW Institute of Policy Studies have organised a public seminar on National’s proposed electoral finance reforms, and international perspectives on such reforms. The key details are:

Friday 14 May 2010
RW501 Level 5, Wellington Railway Station (West Wing)
8.40am to 12.15pm

The programme is:

8.20-8:40: Registration and coffee/tea
8:40-8:45: Welcome by Jonathan Boston
8:45-9:00: Andrew Geddis – New Zealand’s proposed new rules.
9:00-9:50: Jacob Rowbottom – What lessons does the U.K.’s experience have for New Zealand’s proposals?
9:50-10:40: Colin Feasby – What lessons does Canada’s experience have for New Zealand’s proposals?
10:40-11:00: Coffee/Tea Break
11:00-12:15: Joo-Cheong Tham and Graeme Orr – What lessons does Australia’s experience have for New Zealand’s proposals?

Please note the Symposium will be followed by a seminar by Jacob Rowbottom entitled The British General Election and the Prospects for Electoral Reform

If you wish to attend then email: law.reception@otago.ac.nz (please include the “political finance symposium” in the subject line of your email).

I’m attending and looking forward to it.

One Response to “International perspectives on electoral finance reform”

  1. Bryce Edwards (236 comments) says:

    This looks excellent. In developing and judging new political finance regulations we really need to take a very comprehensive look at international experience of varying regulation “solutions”. This was one of the big problems with Labour’s EFA – it was developed with only lip service to comparative political finance. In particular, it cherry picked bits and pieces from other systems, and it used only a very narrow range of countries – especially Canada and the UK.

    Yet Simon Power’s proposed reforms – as well as this seminar – also appear to suffer from the same problem of only really looking at Australia, UK and Canada – which are really not great examples of political finance reform. Better to look to Western Europe – and Scandinavia in particular, where the PR electoral systems there do not have such highly-interventionist and heavy regulatory frameworks for dealing with private political finance. For example, there are many northern European countries that also do not put limits on campaign expenditure – such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark – and these less regulated systems appear to work very well. Yet we still have a fixation on only studying a narrow range of countries and solutions. We are in urgent need or broadening out the political finance debate and mindset.

    Bryce

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