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Party funding and campaign financing: influence on the Brazilian political scene

Grant number: 12/13036-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2012
Effective date (End): August 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Public Law
Principal Investigator:Luís Virgílio Afonso da Silva
Grantee:Alexandre Rebêlo Ferreira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Direito (FD). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This undergraduate research aims at approaching the answers to the question "How to ensure vote equality in an unequal political system?". Within the Brazilian political reform debate, the questions and issues regarding party funding and campaign financing are of special importance, since its regulatory framework may have direct consequences on the local political system. The study on the consequences of implementing an exclusively public funding system, or letting private donations be the main source of electoral campaign financing, or even to enforce a hybrid system, with or without limitations on the amount of donations, are the cornerstone of this research. Thus, this study comprehends an approach of the Brazilian political scene through the legal devices that set the boundaries for the local political financing, followed by the analysis of international examples, as well as legal and political opinions on how to regulate political parties activities in order to achieve transparency and equality in the political dispute, ensuring actual democracy in the electoral dispute.