In this paper, I explore whether private money affects party extremism. This is one of the most important questions in the study of party politics, but it has not been systematically studied in the comparative context due to lack of data. I have assembled a novel and most comprehensive cross-national data about private donations that are currently available. Using these data that cover 45 parties in 9 countries from 1996 to 2013, I show that the more private money parties receive, the more likely are they to take extreme positions. I further show that this effect is especially strong in the case of the more ideological, principled issues, and absent in the case of the less ideological, pragmatic ones. These findings contribute to our understanding of party position taking and the role of money in politics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science