Money, elections, and democracy in Brazil

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Brazil's 1993 law requiring candidates to report their campaign contributions has generated a new source of data to explore the supposition that Brazilian elections are extraordinarily expensive. An examination of these data from Brazil's 1994 and 1998 general elections reveals that most money for Brazilian electoral campaigns comes from business sources and that leftist candidates have extremely limited access to such financing. The effect on democracy is that Brazil's largely unregulated campaign finance system tends to decrease the scope of interest representation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalLatin American Politics and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


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