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Joo-Cheong Tham

Report

Digital campaigning and political finance in the Asia and the Pacific region

Drawing on insights from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and Kyrgyzstan, this report connects the global decline of democracies to digital disruption and calls for strengthened regulatory frameworks along with its enforcement to prevent monied interests and hidden actors from influencing the outcome of democratic elections.
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What’s climate got to do with electoral reform? More than you might think

Effective political finance regulation has multiple dividends - it promotes political equality, curbs corruption and enables climate action, writes Joo-Cheong Tham.
Working paper

The climate crisis and democracy: from democratic debilitation to innovation

The climate crisis is also a crisis for democracy, however, it is possible to renew and re-imagine democracy to achieve a more effective response to the climate crisis.
Working paper

How does digital campaigning affect the problems of political finance?

This paper deals with the intersection between three sets of challenges that constitute existential threats to democracies across the world. The first is money in politics which not only poses the danger of ‘policy capture’ but also, in worse scenarios, state capture by monied interests.
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Regulating the funding of NSW local government election campaigns

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the funding of New South Wales local government election campaigns and makes a series of recommendations for change. The report examines the distinctive structure of NSW local government and its electoral system, the regulation and patterns of election...