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Mr Samuel Power

Post:Associate Tutor (Politics)
Other posts:Research student (Politics)
Location:none
Email:S.D.Power@sussex.ac.uk
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Biography

Sam is an ESRC funded doctoral researcher based in the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) interested in party funding regimes and corruption.

Sam has provided expert interview and commentary to a number of media outlets including the BBC, Financial Times and Vice.

RESEARCH

Thesis: "Party Funding Regimes and Corruption: Linkages, Relationships and Trends"

The research is a comparative study of two advanced democracies in Western Europe and investigates whether a certain type of party funding regime (e.g. public or private funding) leads to the prevalence of a certain type of corruption. The work is separated into two broad empirical sections encompassing: those countries in which public funds account for more than 75 per cent of parties' income (country case study, Denmark) and those countries in which private funds account for more than 75 per cent of parties' income (country case study, Great Britain).

There has been little research - academic or otherwise - which attempts to investigate these linkages, the hypothesis is that certain types of party funding regime are not necessarily more corrupt than other types; but that perhaps different types of corruption occur in different types of party funding regime.

It is important to understand more about how democracy is funded and how that might lead to specific types of corrupt practices. By gaining deeper insights into these relationships we can discover trends that might not only be of interest to the countries involved, but also to those interested in creating and developing effective democratic institutions and processes elsewhere.

 

 

EDUCATION

PhD in Politics. SCSC. School of Law, Politics and Sociology. University of Sussex (2013-2017)

Visiting Researcher. Center for the Study of Democracy. University of California, Irvine. (2016)

Visiting Researcher. Department of Political Science. University of Copenhagen (2015)

MSc Social Research Methods. University of Sussex (2013-2014). DISTINCTION

MA Corruption and Governance. University of Sussex (2012-2013). DISTINCTION.  Thesis 'Party Funding Regimes and Corruption; The UK in Comparative Context' given the inaugural SCSC Award for Outstanding Corruption Analysis.

BA Contemporary History and Politics. University of Sussex (2007-2010). 2:1

Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Dávid-Barrett, E. and Power, S. (forthcoming), Lobbying for Influence and Contracts: Corruption Risks and Regulatory Solutions, (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan)

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Power, S. (2017), "The British party funding regime at a critical juncture? Applying new institutional analysis"Politics, 37(2): 134-150.

 

Chapters in edited volumes

Power, S. (2016), "What do you do when the voters are wrong? Party funding reform", in Cowley, P. and Ford R. (eds.), More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: Another 50 things you need to know about elections (London: Biteback) 

 

Book reviews

Power, S. (2017), "Robert G. Boatright (ed.): The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws"Political Studies Review, 15(1): 111-112

Power, S. (2016), "Timothy K Kuhner: Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution"Party Politics, 22(6): 852-853

Power, S. (2015), "Iain McMenamin: If money talks what does it say? Corruption and business financing of political parties", Party Politics, 21(1): 161-162

 

Research papers

Power, S. (2014), "New institutional explanations of party funding regime change: a consolidated approach"Euroscope, 56: 26-28 

 

Blogs

Power, S. (2017) "Is it time to rethink party funding?"Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2017) "No charges in Conservative party election spending affair – here’s why"The Conversation

Power, S. (2017) "Q+A: how the Conservatives landed a £70,000 fine after an expenses scandal"The Conversation

Power, S. (2017) "Living the Legislature: Teaching Congressional politics through simulation"Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2017) "The funding of politics in Great Britain - an issue transformed", LSE: British Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2016) "Kate Bush, Theresa May and the trouble with political partisanship"The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "Why a World Series win for Cleveland tonight could help tip a swing state to Hillary Clinton"LSE: United States Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2016) "Big money, politics and public opinion; a difficult mixture"Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2016) "How British party finance might have changed for good"Politics

Power, S. (2016) "Huge rise in membership figures show Corbyn's strength"The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "We hold these truths to be self evident": common misperceptions about money in US politics, Politics@Sussex

Power, S. (2016) "Explained: The Conservative election expenses saga"New Statesman

Power, S. (2016) "The Conservative election expenses saga explained"The Conversation

Power, S. (2016) "The London Anti-Corruption Summit: one good day is not enough"LSE: European Politics and Policy

Power, S. (2015) "What are the benfits of campaign finance reform?"The Washington Post

Power, S. (2015) "Of nuclear zombie blasters and party funding", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2015), "Party funding in Britain has been changed by the 'Joyce Affair' forever and so might our understanding of how reform occurs"Democratic Audit

Power, S. (2015), "A golden moment for political funding reform could be about to slip by"The Conversation

Power, S. (2015), "Why using public opinion to reform party funding is a bad idea"The Conversation

Power, S. (2015), "Political Parties, Public Funding and Unintended Consequences", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

Power, S. (2015), "Cleaning up Westminster, a bitter (but necessary) pill to swallow", The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption

Power, S. (2014), "Could state funding help fix Britain's flailing political parties?", The Conversation

Power, S. (2014), "The financing of politics - corrupt, whichever way you look at it?", Political Studies Association: Political Insight

Power, S. (2014), "The funding of politics and the challenge of tackling corruption", Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

 

Conference papers and presentations

Writing for non-academic audiences and building an online presence, Law, Politics and Sociology Postgraduate Away Day, The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, 5 July 2017

The role of money in 2017: contexts and considerations, GE 2017 Roundtable, University of Sussex, Brighton, 24 May 2017

Party finance in Great Britain: Elite responses to public perceptions of corruption, Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 11 April 2017

Elite responses to public perceptions of corruption in party finance: the irresponsible party model, International Workshop on The Responsible Party Model in Times of Dealignment, KU Leuven, 20 December 2016

Party funding regimes and corruption: contexts and considerations, 12th Annual California Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Irvine, 7 May 2016

Party funding and corruption in Great Britain and Denmark: contexts and considerations, 23rd International Coference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, 16 April 2016

Party funding and corruption in Great Britain and Denmark: contexts and considerations, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 7 April 2016

Party funding and corruption in Great Britain and Denmark: contexts and considerations, Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Brighton, 22 March 2016

'The exogenous left-hook'? Eric Joyce, Falkirk and the implications for institutional explanations of party funding reformElections, Public Opinion and Parties Conference, Cardiff University, 11 September 2015

Party Funding Regimes and Corruption: Linkages, Relationships and Trendspresented at Money Laundering, Illicit Finance and Corruption conference, University of Basel, 28 April 2015

Party Funding Regimes and Corruption: Linkages, Relationships and Trends, presented at the Sixth Düsseldorf Graduate Conference on Party Research, 7 February 2015

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012-2013: Academic Researcher for Nick Kochan

2011: Consultant for the Electoral Reform Society

2010-2011: Brighton Manager of Yes To Fairer Votes Campaign

Role

Doctoral Researcher and Associate Tutor in Politics