Knowledge of campaign finance regulation reduces perceptions of corruption

Avkiran, Necmi K., Kanol, Direnc K. and Oliver, Barry (2015) Knowledge of campaign finance regulation reduces perceptions of corruption. Accounting and Finance, 56 4: 961-984. doi:10.1111/acfi.12121

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Author Avkiran, Necmi K.
Kanol, Direnc K.
Oliver, Barry
Title Knowledge of campaign finance regulation reduces perceptions of corruption
Journal name Accounting and Finance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0810-5391
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/acfi.12121
Volume 56
Issue 4
Start page 961
End page 984
Total pages 24
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract We use an experimental survey design to measure how campaign finance regulation influences perceptions of political corruption and trust in politicians when citizens are exposed to information about regulation. Unlike most observational studies, results of this experimental study suggest that knowledge of campaign finance regulation substantially reduces citizens' perceptions of corruption but has only limited effect on trust in politicians. Findings have crucial implications for public policy. At a time when public cynicism about politics is high, a significant reduction in perceptions of political corruption through successful dissemination of campaign finance regulation would be a boost to the legitimacy of democracies.
Keyword Campaign finance
Experimental research design
Perceptions of corruption
Trust in politicians
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 8 April 2015.

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