On regulating party finance in Russia

Mrs. Valeria Tonhäuser

This paper presents a study of reforms of direct state provisions to political parties in Russia 2001-2019 as a least-likely case for the reforms to happen. Guided by the three types of institutionalism, it the first part of the paper I discuss the underlying mechanisms responsible for the reforms. In the second part of the paper I analyse the consequences of these reforms for 1) political parties in light of the actual party income and expenditure of the five leading political parties; and 2) the institutionalization of the party system. Practical suggestions on how we can improve the regulation of political finance in Russia to strengthen democratic developments finilize the paper.