Advanced

Public Party Funding and Political Participation: Evidence from Swedish Municipalities

Hultin Bäckersten, Oskar LU (2017) NEKN01 20172
Department of Economics
Abstract
Across most contemporary democracies, different provisions of public funding for parties have been introduced in post-war times. Parties have come to rely heavily on this subsidy, yet, the effects of this change in party finance remains poorly understood. Sweden is no exception to this rule, where parties receive considerable amounts of funding from both state and local authorities. In this thesis, I utilize rich panel data on Swedish municipalities between 1998 and 2014 to study the effects of different levels of municipal party funding on two forms of political participation: Turnout in municipal elections, and membership in the Green Party. I apply time and unit fixed effects and a vector of control variables in regression models.... (More)
Across most contemporary democracies, different provisions of public funding for parties have been introduced in post-war times. Parties have come to rely heavily on this subsidy, yet, the effects of this change in party finance remains poorly understood. Sweden is no exception to this rule, where parties receive considerable amounts of funding from both state and local authorities. In this thesis, I utilize rich panel data on Swedish municipalities between 1998 and 2014 to study the effects of different levels of municipal party funding on two forms of political participation: Turnout in municipal elections, and membership in the Green Party. I apply time and unit fixed effects and a vector of control variables in regression models. Overall, estimated coefficients are negative for simpler specifications regarding turnout, and otherwise statistically inseparable from zero. This suggests that municipal party support does not live up to its express goal of strengthening local democracy, at least not in terms of increasing political participation, but might not necessarily be detrimental to it either. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Hultin Bäckersten, Oskar LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKN01 20172
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Political finance, Political participation, Local democracy, Swedish municipalities, Municipal elections
language
English
id
8927437
date added to LUP
2017-11-01 11:56:11
date last changed
2017-11-01 11:56:11
@misc{8927437,
  abstract     = {Across most contemporary democracies, different provisions of public funding for parties have been introduced in post-war times. Parties have come to rely heavily on this subsidy, yet, the effects of this change in party finance remains poorly understood. Sweden is no exception to this rule, where parties receive considerable amounts of funding from both state and local authorities. In this thesis, I utilize rich panel data on Swedish municipalities between 1998 and 2014 to study the effects of different levels of municipal party funding on two forms of political participation: Turnout in municipal elections, and membership in the Green Party. I apply time and unit fixed effects and a vector of control variables in regression models. Overall, estimated coefficients are negative for simpler specifications regarding turnout, and otherwise statistically inseparable from zero. This suggests that municipal party support does not live up to its express goal of strengthening local democracy, at least not in terms of increasing political participation, but might not necessarily be detrimental to it either.},
  author       = {Hultin Bäckersten, Oskar},
  keyword      = {Political finance,Political participation,Local democracy,Swedish municipalities,Municipal elections},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Public Party Funding and Political Participation: Evidence from Swedish Municipalities},
  year         = {2017},
}