Politicians need money and they need you. Power in our Pockets: Social Media, Money and Politics in the Digital Age hones in on how social media is helping political parties get both—but not without consequences.

Money in politics presents threats to and opportunities for the quality of democracy, including its political and electoral players. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has been looking at global trends involving all groups— from civil society to political parties— for the past 15 years.

What are some of the growing issues in money and politics?

  • An arms race in fundraising and spending
  • Public vs. private funding
  • The gender and minority funding gap
  • Transparency of party and candidate finance information
  • Compliance and enforcement of regulations
  • Money and the media: Public vs private advertising


Power in our Pockets premiered in Bonn at the Global Media Forum. Learn about the event.

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Money in Politics: Regional Approaches Tackling a Global Concern

International IDEA shared global comparative perspectives on political parties and campaign finance at the 24th World Congress of Political Science in Poznań, Poland

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Policy and guidelines

New Delhi Declaration

In December 2015, International IDEA, together with the Electoral Commission of India, helped create the New Delhi Declaration, a set of political finance standards and guidelines for the South Asia region.

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