The Democracy to Which We are Entitled: Human Rights and the Problem of Money in Politics

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Timothy K. Kuhner

University of Auckland, Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 16, 2012

Abstract

This Article is the first to argue that campaign finance, corporate political activity, lobbyists, and other ‘money in politics issues’ fall within the purview of human rights treaties. The universal assumption that domestic political finance is a purely domestic issue is mistaken. Domestic political finance is actually a matter of concern for international law. This is so because the provisions of the democratic entitlement under international law cannot be reconciled with the high levels of money in politics observed in many democracies. If this argument is sound, then human rights law requires States to enact political finance reforms.

Keywords: human rights, money in politics, corruption, political finance, campaign finance reform, international corruption

Suggested Citation

Kuhner, Timothy K., The Democracy to Which We are Entitled: Human Rights and the Problem of Money in Politics (October 16, 2012). Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2013, Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211299

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