Control of Financing of Political Parties in Serbia: A Case Analysis of the Lack of "Political Will" Cover Image

Kontrola finansiranja političkih stranaka u Srbiji: analiza slučaja nedostatka "političke volje"
Control of Financing of Political Parties in Serbia: A Case Analysis of the Lack of "Political Will"

Author(s): Vladimir Mikić
Subject(s): Government/Political systems
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: financing of political parties; political parties; political corruption; political will

Summary/Abstract: Adoption of the Law of Financing Political Parties in 2011 has represented an important step in the process of strengthening systemic legislation against corruption in Serbia. However, financing of political parties has still not yet been fully implemented, predominantly because of insufficient efforts on behalf of political parties, aimed at accepting legally requested duties. The author analyzes advantages presented by the positive legal framework, but further explores obstacles documented during its implementation, particularly during the election of 2012. Financial control of political parties has been made more difficult because of systemic evasion of parties to fulfill their legally confirmed tasks. Absence of efficient sanctions for the law–breakers represents one of the main problems. At the same time, the „political will” must not be legitimized as the single most important factor in the process of establishment of controlling capacities and institutional responsibility for the implementation of the law. Negative effects of the current tendency lay in the deepening of political corruption and disintegration of constitutional institutions of the country, as well as in worsening of citizens’ perception of the role of political parties and their relations with the latter.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 77-91
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian