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dc.contributor.authorMagiera, Siegfried
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Kansas, Political Science 1967en_US
dc.description.abstractPolitical parties and candidates need money for their activities. How to provide the necessary funds is a problem in most countries with a democratic system of freely competing political forces. Different approaches to a solution have been tried in the various countries, but no systematic study could be found which tried to evaluate the suggestions and experiments in a comparative way. Emphasis in this study was put on the situation in Germany and the United States where the problem of political finance has been in the center of legislative and court action in 1966. Evaluations made in other countries, especially in France, Great Britain and Japan, have been included, wherever possible, in order to show the variety of theoretical and practical solutions.! The study was limited, however, by the availability of published material.

In Chapter I, the regular sources of party funds will be examined. Most generally, parties and candidates have to rely upon private sources, especially membership dues and contributions. Increasing electorate and modernization of propaganda techniques, however, have enlarged the financial burden. Private funds have often become insufficient, despite the parties' reliance on sometimes dubious and even illegal sources. Instead of broadening their financial base by winning a large number of small contributors, most parties have followed the easier way of securing the help of a few wealthy contributors.

Left to themselves, political parties often developed abuses and illegal practices in their financial activities. Many governments interfered by imposing legal restrictions. This problem will be discussed in Chapter II. In most countries, legislative safeguards include provisions against corruption. Limitations of contributions to and expenditures by parties and candidates, as well as requirements for the disclosure of financial activities, are prescribed in only a small number of countries.

In Chapter 111, public subsidies to political parties and candidates will be evaluated. Most governments have taken over some political costs, mainly in connection with voter registration and poll administration. Some have gone further and helped the parties and candidates defray part of their costs for specific kinds of propaganda. Only a few countries have gone so far as to give general financial aid to the parties and candidates, either in the form of tax benefits or of direct subsidization. This kind of government support is heavily disputed, especially in Germany and the United States. Some suggestions seek a solution to the problem by combining private and public sources of political finance.
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansasen_US
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author.en_US
dc.titleParty finance and government regulation, a comparative analysisen_US
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplinePolitical Science
kusw.oanotes2021/06/15: Added to KUSW at the request of the author. From: Magiera, Siegfried <> Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:00 AM To: Reed, Marianne A. <> Subject: [KU SUSPECT SPAM] AW: KU Master Thesis Publication

Dear Ms. Reed,

thank you very much for your kind reply to my request. I hope that you and especially your husband are well. There is no hurry regarding my M.A. - Thesis which I wrote in my second year at KU.

In the first year I had - parallel to my Political Science studies - worked on the draft of my doctoral thesis in law at the University of Kiel on the primary elections in the fifty US-States made possible by the great selection of material in the KU general and law libraries.

Thank you also for the generous offer not to charge the publication. However, I would like to make a contribution to KU and would like to ask for your guidance when and how this could be done in its best way.

Finally, I would like to add that I did not only and happily do my studies at KU. There was always enough time left to meet and make friends from Kansas, the US and other countries as well as taking part in many unforgettable cultural and other events, e.g. listening to Count Basie or Truman Capote, being invited by Kansas citizens interested in German affairs or to a birthday reception of President Truman, taking trips to Colorado or Mexico in the winter and New York or D.C. in spring time.

I hope that I did not take too much of your time, but it is a great pleasure not only to think of the past, but also to see that the present and the forseeable future of KU and its people are still "the same", i.e. just remarkable and enjoyable - your kind letter is for me the best proof.

With my best regards and "Rock Chalk" Siegfried.

________________________________________ Von: Reed, Marianne A. <> Gesendet: Montag, 7. Juni 2021 21:27 An: Magiera, Siegfried Betreff: RE: KU Master Thesis Publication Dear Dr. Magiera, My apologies for the delay in my response. My husband has been ill and I am still wading through a backlog of email. I’m so sorry that you had to wait to hear back from me! We would be delighted to scan your thesis and make it available on KU ScholarWorks, KU’s online institutional repository of work by KU faculty, staff, and students. KU ScholarWorks is where the fine scholarship in KU theses and dissertations has been made available to the world since 2008. There is no charge to do this; we are always glad to be of service to our fellow Jayhawks! I’m glad that you had a wonderful two years in the Political Science department at KU. This time of year, the campus is so beautiful; it’s no wonder that people return to visit whenever they can. We are lightly staffed at the moment due to the pandemic, but we should be able to digitize your thesis within 3 weeks or so. I will be able to send you a link to the digital version as soon as it is complete. Best regards and Rock Chalk! -- Marianne Marianne Reed (she/her/hers) Digital Initiatives Manager 450 Watson Library University of Kansas Libraries 785-864-8913 From: Magiera, Siegfried <> Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:49 AM To: Reed, Marianne A. <> Subject: KU Master Thesis Publication Dear Ms. Reed, a KU Librarian was so kind to direct me to your address concerning a request. I was very happy to discover that KU still has the two copies of my Master's thesis ("Party Finance and Government Regulation") of 1967 in its libraries. Personally, I have a third copy. I would be very happy, if KU could publish my thesis on its website - open to everyone interested and at no cost. As I have not been able to convert the typewritten text into an internet version, I would be very grateful, if KU could do this, of course at my expense. Thank you very much in advance and KU für the wonderful two years (1965-1967) of graduate studies at its Department of Political Science. Please, find attached some information regarding my professional life. With kind regards Siegfried Magiera Univ.-Prof. Dr. Siegfried Magiera, M.A. Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer Jean-Monnet-Lehrstuhl für Europarecht ad personam German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 2 67346 Speyer (Germany) Tel: +49 (0) 6232-84898 E-Mail: Internet:

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