Samuel is an ESRC funded doctoral researcher based in the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) interested in party funding regimes and corruption in Western Europe.
His thesis is titled: Party Funding Regimes and Corruption: Linkages, Relationships and Trends.
The research is a comparative study of three advanced democracies in Western Europe (Denmark, France and the UK) 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.
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.
Since late January, a story about political party finance and spending in the 2015 UK election (and three by-elections) has been simmering. Now it seems to be boiling over. For brevity, its probably best to concentrate...