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Prof. Jonathan Mendilow

Telephone +1 896-5267 Mailing address 40 Fairfield Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA, Email mendilow@rider.edu


1980 Ph.D. (with distinction) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Dissertation: The World of the Past and the Society of the Future: Conservative Reaction to Industrial Revolution (supervisor: Jacob Talmon).

1976 M.A. (with distinction) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Political Science and International Relations.

1973 B.A. (with distinction) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Political Science and International Relations.


1993-Present Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey Professor and Chair , Political Science department

1987-1993 Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey Associate Professor

1986-7 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California Visiting Professor

1985-6 University of the Witswatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa Senior Lecturer

1979-85 University of Tel Aviv Tel Aviv, Israel Assistant Professor

1980-85 Joseph Saltiel College Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel Assistant Professor

1980 Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Visiting Scholar

1978-80 Joseph Saltiel College Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel Instructor


1981-85 Joseph Saltiel College Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chairman, Division of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

1974-77 Manager, Office of Public Relations, City of Jerusalem



Ideology, Party Change and Electoral Campaigns in Israel (N.Y., New York University, 2003. Paperback ed. 2004 ) .

The Romantic Tradition in British Political Thought (N.Y. Barnes and Noble, 1985; London & Sydney; Croom & Helm, 1986) 272 pp.

(editor). From the French Revolution to the Rise of Fascism: Readings in the History of Political Thought (Tel Aviv, Dyonon, 1982) 211 pp.

Other Professional Publications

“Electoral Campaigns and the Formulation of Foreign Policy—the example of Israel” , submitted for publication.

“What ever Happened to Hisballah ?” submitted for publication

“Clean Elections and the Consequences of Public Campaign Funding”. Submitted for publication.

“Some Political Aspects of Islam” , Collegiate Press publications on Middle Eastern Studies, Summer 2007

“Party Strategy in the 2006 Elections”, Asher Arian, Michal Shamir (eds) , The Elections in Israel 2006 (New Brunswick : Transaction, 2008 ) pp. 49-89.

“European Identity in the Age of the Internet: A Toquevillian Perspective , Studia Europaena, vol 52, 2008, pp. 145-165 .

“Uniqueness and Similarity; 2003 and the Study of Israeli Parties,” Israeli Studies Forum , Vol . 20, 2007 , pp 86-88.

“The State of Israel Against Amnon Zichroni-A Review Essay,” Israel Studies Forum, Vol 19, 2006 , pp 21-39.

“Public Campaign Funding and Party System Change: The Israeli Experience,” Israel Studies Forum 19 (Fall 2003), pp. 115-123.

“The Likud’s 1999 Campaign and the Headwaters of Defeat,” Asher Arian, Michal Shamir, eds. The Elections in Israel 1999, (Albany, NY: SUNY, 2002), pp. 197-220. Hebrew version, (Jerusalem: The Israel Democracy Institute, 2001), pp. 132-167.

“The Electoral Campaign of 2001 and the ‘Weak-Strong Prime Minister Syndrome,’” Israel Studies Forum 17 (Fall 2001), pp. 23-46.

“The Internet and the Problem of Legitimacy: A Tocquevillian Approach,” Bosah Ebo, ed. Cyberimperialism?, (Praeger, Westport, CT, 2001), pp. 43-64.

“The Effects of Public Funding on Party Participation: An Hypothesis and Case Study, “ Stuart Nagal, ed. Handbook of Global Political Policy (New York: Marcel Dekker; 2000), pp. 605-624. reprinted in Hans Nassmacher (ed ) ,

“The Likud’s Dilemma - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” Asher Arian, ed. The Israeli Elections - 1996 (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999), pp. 127-210. Hebrew version, (Jerusalem: The Israel Democracy Institute, 1999) pp. 233-262.

“What is Conservatism?-Some Signposts in the Wilderness,” Journal of Political Ideologies, 1 (December 1996) pp. 221-236.

“PPF and the Schemes of Mice and Men-The Case of the 1992 Elections in Israel,” Party Politics, 2 (July 1996) pp. 329-353.

“Africa: Politics and Government,” Kent Rasmussen (ed), Survey of the Social Sciences: Government and Politics (Los Angeles: Magil Books), 1996, pp. 20-28).

“Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Night of Ambiguity of Conservatism” Political Theory, 23 (February 1995), pp. 128-146.

“The 1992 Elections in Israel: Valence and Position Dimensions,” Asher Arian and Michal Shamir (eds.), The Elections in Israel, 1992 (NY: SUNY Press, 1995) pp. 207-235.

“Soviet Intellectuals and the Disagreement with Party Policy” F.N. Magill (ed) Magill’s History of Europe (Los Angeles: Grolier Corporation, 1995) pp. 17-28.

“Waiting for the Axe to Fall: Carlyle’s Place in Study of Crises of Authority” Political Research Quarterly XLVI (Sep. 1993), pp. 1-18.

“The Swing of the Pendulum: The Israeli Labor Alignment, 1988” International Journal of Middle East Studies 25 (Summer, 1993) pp. 241-259.

“Cycle of Legitimacy: Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Collapse of the USSR” Collegiate Press monograph.

“Public Party Funding and Party Transformation in Multi-Party Systems” Comparative Political Studies XXV (April 1992), pp. 90-117.

“The Enacting of Israel’s Law of Return.” In M.L. Alonzo, Great Events from History vol. II (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1992), pp. 832-837.

“Israel is Created as Homeland for Jews.” In M.L. Alonzo, Great Events from History vol. II (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1992), pp.761-766.

“Andrei Sakharov” F.N. Magill (ed) Great Figures of the Twentieth Century (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1991), pp. 2011-2026.

“Is Public Party Funding Neutral?” CRF Papers (1990).

“Party Financing: Experiment and Experience.” In H. Alexander (ed.) Party Finances in the 1980’s (Cambridge (UK), Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 124-153.

“Catch-All Tactics in a Divided Society: The Alignment’s Campaign.” In H. Penniman (ed.) Israel at the Polls (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise, 1989), pp. 14-32.

“Catch All Tactics in a Divided Society: The Israeli Labor Alignment in the 1984 Elections” Comparative Politics X (July 1988), pp. 443-460. (Reprinted in Daniel Elazar, Samuel Sandler, Israel’s Odd Couple (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990) pp. 42-68.)

“Federal Factions and Federated Host Parties: Some Ideological and Structural Dimensions” Publius XVI (1986), pp. 113-132.

“Merrie England and the Brave New World: Two Myths of British Imperialism” Journal of the History of European Ideas VI (1985), pp. 41-85.

“Carlyle, Marx and the ILP: Alternative Routes to Socialism” Polity XVII (1984), pp. 225-247.

“The Transformation of the Israeli Multi-Party System.” In A. Arian (ed.) The Elections in Israel (Tel Aviv, Ramot, 1984), pp. 15-39.

“Past, Future and Present Perfect: Three Tenses of the British Idea of Empire” Australian Journal of Politics and History XXX (1984), pp. 209-223.

“Sartor Resartus as an Historiography” HSLA, XII (1984), pp. 26-45.

“Party Clustering in Multi-Party Systems: The Example of Israel (1965-1981)” American Journal of Political Science XXVII (1983), pp. 64-85.

“Towards a Theory of Catch-All Extremism” Government and Opposition, CXXVIII (1983), pp. 68-87. Reprinted in J. Hall (ed.) Rediscoveries (Oxford: Clarendon, 1986 pp. 7-27).

“Shelley’s Philosophy of Liberty” Libertarian Studies, VI (1982), pp. 169-181.

“Party Cluster Formations in Multi-Party Systems” Political Studies, XXX (1982), pp. 485-513.


Prof. Karl-Heinz Nassmacher

Life President
Telephone: +49-221-3820-912 Mailing address: 10, Mankhauser St in Solingen, ZIP D-42699, GERMANY Email: karl.h.nassmacher@uni-oldenburg.de

M.B.A.: University of Cologne, 1965;
Ph.D.: University of Cologne, 1967.
Carl von Ossietzky University: Professor 1975, Professor Emeritus 2008.
Other Appointments: Visiting Professor, University of Salzburg, AUSTRIA (1982).
Professor of Economics, Sozialakademie Dortmund (1972 - 1975).
Memberships and Fellowships: Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption, International Political Science Association (IPSA), Life President (since 2006); Secretary (2000 – 2006); Chair (1994 – 2000); Member of the Board (1985 – 2006); Life member, American Political Science Association; Presidential Commission of Experts on Party Financing, Member (1995 – 1999); Commission of Inquiry on Local Government Reform, State Legislature of Lower Saxony, Expert Member (1991 – 1994).
Awards and Honors: Federal Service Cross, First Class, Federal Republic of Germany (2002).
Research Interests: Political Systems of Liberal Democracies; Political Parties in Comparative Perspective; Party and Campaign Finance; Economic Policy.
Courses: Graduate Level: Comparing Political Systems (Democracies); Political Systems of Consociational and Majoritarian Democracies (Austria, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.); Political Reform in France, Italy and Japan; Economic Policy in Germany and the U.K.; Political Parties in Western Democracies; Funding of Political Parties (in Germany, in comparison) Undergraduate Level: Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to International Relations, Political Theory of Constitutional Government, Political System(s) of Germany and the European Union, Comparative Government, Political Parties and Social Movements, Electoral Behaviour, Municipal Politics (incl. Polity and Policies).

Research Projects

Funding of Party Competition (Political Finance in 24 Democracies); Economic Policy in the U.K.; Popular Capitalism (Die Volksaktie).

Major Publications

The Political System of Austria – Grand Coalition or Alternative Government? (Cologne: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1968), 243 p. (in German).

"Problems and Essentials of Rational Economic Policy in Britain,“ Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft, vol. 125 (4), 1969, pp. 637-660 (in German).

Parties in Decline – Reconstruction and Fall of Traditional Parties in Lower Saxony. (Cologne: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1989), 309 p. (in German).

“Structure and Impact of Public Subsidies to Political Parties in Europe: The Examples of Austria, Italy, Sweden and West Germany,” Comparative Political Finance in the 1980s, ed. by H. E. Alexander. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1989), pp. 236-267.

“The Costs of Party Democracy in Canada – Preliminary Findings for a Federal System,” Corruption and Reform, vol. 4 (3), 1989, pp. 217-243.

Citizens Are Funding Campaigns – North American Experience for the Funding of Parties in Germany. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 1992), 189 p. (in German).

“Comparative Analysis of Party Funds in Western Europe,“ Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, vol. 23 (3), 1992, pp.462-488 (in German).

"Comparing Party and Campaign Finance in Western Democracies," Campaign and Party Finance in North America and Western Europe, ed. by A.B. Gunlicks. (Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1993), pp. 233-267.

“Citizens’ Cash in Canada and the United States,” Comparative Political Finance Among the Democracies, ed. by H.E. Alexander & R. Shiratori. (Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1994), pp. 145-158.

“Finansowanie partii politycznych w Niemczech,” Finansowanie polityki. Wybori, pieniadze, partie polityczne, ed. by M. Walecki (Warzawa: Wydarwnictwo Sejmowe, 2000), pp. 24-38 (in Polish).

“O financiamento de partidos na Alemanha post à prova.” Bruno W. Speck et al., Os Custos da corrupcao. (Sao Paulo: Fundacao Konrad Adenauer, 2000), pp. 105-126 (in Portuguese).

Foundations for Democracy – Approaches to Comparative Political Finance – Essays in Honour of Herbert E. Alexander, ed. by K.-H. Nassmacher. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2001), 515 p.

“The Costs of Party Activity in Western Democracies,“ Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, vol. 31 (1), 2002, pp. 7-20 (in German).

“Introduction: Political Parties, Funding and Democracy,“ Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, ed. by R. Austin & M. Tjernström. (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2003), pp. 1-19.

“Fiscalizatión, control y cumplimiento de la normatividad sobre finanziamento político,” Dinero y contenda político-electoral. Reto de la democracia, ed. by M. Carillo et al. (Mexico: Fondo de cultura económica, 2003), pp. 246-278 (in Spanish).

“Regulation of Party Finance,” Handbook of Party Politics, ed. by R.S. Katz & W. Crotty. (London: Sage Publications, 2006), pp. 446-455.

The Funding of Party Competition, Political Finance in 25 Democracies (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2009), 467p.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2014): The Established Anglophone Democracies, in: Falguera, Elin/ Jones, Samuel/ Ohman, Magnus (eds.): Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns. A Handbook on Political Finance, Stockholm: International IDEA, 2014, pp. 255-298. (also available at: www.idea.int/publications/funding-of-political-parties-and-election-campaigns/upload/foppec_p8.pdf).

Naßmacher, Karl-Heinz (2013): Parteienfinanzierung, in: Andersen, Uwe/ Woyke, Wichard (Hrsg.): Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 7. Aufl., Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2013, S. 528-532.

Kulick, Manuela S./ Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2012): Do Parties Spend Too Much? In: Mendilow, Jonathan (ed.): Money, Corruption, and Political Competition in Established and Emerging Democracies, Lanham MD et al.: Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 17-39.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2011): Campaign Finance, in: Kurian, George T. (ed.): The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Volume 1. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011, pp. 179-181.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2011): Party Finance, in: Kurian, George T. (ed.): The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Volume 4. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011, pp. 1187-1189.


Dr. Jurij Toplak

Vice Chair
Telephone: +386-2-250-42-36
Mailing address: University of Maribor Law School Mladinska 9 2000 Maribor Slovenia
Email: jure.toplak@uni-mb.si
Website: Please click here

Law Degree - University of Maribor (mentor prof. dr. Rafael Cijan)
LL.M. - Central European University
(mentor prof. Michel Rosenfeld, Cardozo Law School, NY)
Ph.D. in Law - University of Maribor (mentor prof. Daniel H. Lowenstein of UCLA Law School)
Other Appointments: Fulbright Scholar: UCLA Law School (2003-2004); Lecturer: European Law School of Nova Gorica (2005-), School of Graduate Governmental and European Studies (2001-); Guest Lecturer: Washington State University (2007), University of Idaho (2007), University of Zagreb (2004), University of Pecs (2005).
Memberships and Fellowships: Member, State Election Commission of Republic of Slovenia; Member, Research Committee on Political finance and Political Corruption, International Political Science Association (IPSA); Member, International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL); Member, American Political Science Association (APSA); Member, Board of Directors, Slovenian Association of Constitutional Law; Member, Editorial Board, Lex Localis, Journal. Awards and Honors: Slovenian Lawyers’ Association ‘Young Lawyer of the Year’ Award (2000).
International Research: UCLA, Los Angeles (2003-2004), Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1998 & 2002), Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (2002), Oxford University, Oxford (2001), Central European University, Budapest (1999-2000 & 2001).
Research Interests: Constitutional law, Elections, Campaign finance issues, European Court of Human Rights, Voting rights.

Major Publications

Smilov, Daniel and Jurij Toplak (eds.). Political Finance and Corruption in Eastern Europe, London: Ashgate, 2007.

Toplak, Jurij. Party funding in Slovenia. In: Smilov and Toplak (eds.). Political finance and corruption in Eastern Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate; Burlington: Ashgate, 2007

Toplak, Jurij. Equal Voting Weight for All. Temple Law Review, 1/2008 (Forthcoming).

Toplak, Jurij. Party funding and corruption in Balkan countries : the cases of Slovenia and Croatia. In: Transparency Bulgaria (ed.).

Party and election campaign financing in Southeastern Europe. Sofia, 2004.

Toplak, Jurij. Parteienfinanzierung in Slowenien und Kroatien. Suedosteuropa Mitteilungen, 2004.

Toplak, Jurij. Parliamentary Elections in Slovenia, 2004. Electoral Studies, 2006.

Toplak, Jurij. In defense of automated districting: a comparative study of redistricting procedures and gerrymandering prevention measures. Boca Raton FL, 2005.


Prof. Menachem Hofnung

Board Member
Telephone: 972-2-588-3164
Mailing address: Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 91905 Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Email: msmh@mscc.huji.ac.il

Associate Professor, Political Science.
Ph.D.: The Hebrew University, 1990.
Hebrew University: Lecturer, 1990; Senior Lecturer, 1995; Associate Professor 2006
Other Appointments: Visiting Lecturer: University of California at Irvine (1989-1990); Fellow: Center of the Study of Law and Society, University of California at Berkeley (1997-1998); Distinguished Israeli Professor in Residence, San Francisco State University (1998); Visiting Professor, University of Florida (2002-2003).
Memberships and Fellowships: Chair, Research Committee on Political finance and Political Corruption, International Political Science Association (IPSA); Chair, Israeli Law and Society Association (ILSA); Member,Board of Directors, Association for Israel Studies (AIS); Member, Editorial Board, Law and Policy.
Awards and Honors: Arthur Ruppin Award for the Best Book in Social Sciences (1992); Israeli Association for Parliamentry Affairs Award (1992).

Research Interests:

Constitutional Politics in Israel;
Campaign Finance;
Democracy, Law and National Security

Major Publications

Israel - Security Needs Vs. the Rule of Law -1948-1991, (Jerusalem: Nevo Publishing House, 1991), 391 p. (in Hebrew).

Democracy, Law and National Security in Israel. (Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing Co., 1996), 336 p.

“Public Financing, Party Membership and internal Party Competition", European Journal of Political Research, vol. 29, 1996, pp. 73-86.

"The Unintended Consequences of Unplanned Legislative Reform: Constitutional Politics in Israel", American Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 44, 1996, pp. 585-604.

"Israeli Constitutional Politics: The Fragility of Impartiality," Israel Affairs, vol. 5(2-3), 1999.

Dotan Yoav & Menachem Hofnung, "Legal Defeats - Political Wins: Why Do Elected Representatives Go to Court?". Comparative Political Studies, vol. 38(1), 2005, pp. 75-103.

"Financing Internal Party Races in non-Majoritarian Political Systems: Lessons from the Israeli Experience", Election Law Journal, vol. 5(4), 2006, pp. 372-383.

Protest and Butter: the Black Panthers Demonstrations and Allocations for Social Needs, (Jerusalem: Nevo Publishing House, 2006) (in Hebrew).

Hillel Frisch & Menachem Hofnung, "Power or Justice? Rule and Law in the Palestinian Authority", Journal of Peace Research, vol. 44(3), 2007, pp. 331-348.

Menachem Hofnung (2008). Unaccounted Competition: The Finance of Intra-Party Elections. Party Politics 14(6), pp. 726-744.


Prof R. B. Jain

Professor Dr. R. B. Jain, a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi (India), and Professor and Head of the Department of Public Administration at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, and a Professor of Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India, is currently a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He has held appointments as Visiting Professor at various Universities in Canada (Concordia University, Montreal, Carleton University, Ottawa), Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, and Germany (Konstanz and Leipzig Universities) and has lectured as Guest Professor at a number of Universities and Research Institutions in all the continents.

A former editor of Indian Journal of Political Science, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Indian Journal of Public Administration. He has authored/edited 33 books and published more than 200 Articles in refereed Journals and compendiums all over the world. His latest books are: Governing Development Across Cultures: Challenges and Dilemmas of an Emerging Sub-Discipline in Political Science (Barbara Budrich, Opladen, Germany, 2007,) Indian Society, Bureaucracy and Good Governance (Bhartiya Samaj, Adhikaritantra and Good Governance in Hindi, New Delhi, 2007), Globalization & Good Governance: Pressures for Constructive Reforms (New Delhi, 2005), Corruption-free Sustainable Development (New Delhi, 2004), Environmental Security in South Asia (Paris, 2003), and Public Administration in India: 21st Century Challenges for Good Governance (2001, and 2002).

He has been a Member of the University Grants Commission’s Panel on Public Administration (1993-1994), Member at large of the Executive Committee of the International Studies Association, a UN expert on Economic Sanctions (1999), and is currently the President Emeritus of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee 4 on Public Bureaucracies in Developing Societies, having been its Chairman and Convener since its inception (1985-2003). and Vice President of IPSA RC 20. He was also a member of the Advisory Panel on Electoral Reforms and Standards in Public Life of the Government of India's National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (2000-2003), a member of Think Tank on Reforms in Constitution and Public Administration of Surya Foundation (2000-2002), and is on the panels of consultants and reviewers to various foundations and organizations, and international journals in India and abroad. He has written extensively on Comparative Public Administration, Public Policy and Electoral and Party Reforms, Good Governance, E governance, Legislative studies, and Political and Bureaucratic Corruption.

He has recently been honored by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, at its General Body Meeting in October 2006 as a Distinguished Member for his contribution to the discipline of Public Administration.

Address for Communication: Professor (Dr.) R. B. Jain, 102, SFS DDA Mukherji Apts., Mukherjee Nagar, DELHI-110009, India. Phone: +91 11 27652403 Mobile: +98105 86004 E Mail: rbjain@ndf.vsnl.net.in. and rbjain1@vsnl.com


Dr. Nicole Gordon

Board Member
Telephone: +1 212 965-0400
Mailing address: JEHT Foundation, 120 Wooster Street. New York, NY 10012 , US
Email: ngordon@jehtfoundation.org

Vice-President, JEHT Foundation
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1977
A.B., Barnard College, 1974

Professional History:

Executive Director, New York City Campaign Finance Board (1988-2006); Counsel to the Chairman, New York State Commission on Government Integrity (1987-1988); Law Clerk, The Honorable Harold R. Medina, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1977-1978)

Memberships, Appointments, Honors:

New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, Member, 2003-2005;
IFES, Panelist and Advisor overseas and in the U.S. on enforcement of campaign finance laws, 2005;
Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, COGEL Outstanding Service Award, 2003; Special Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service after September 11, 2001, 2002; President, 1996;
Center for Responsive Politics, Member, Advisory Board, Study of the Campaign Finance Landscape under McCain-Feingold, 2003;
Campaign Finance Institute, Member, Task Force on Disclosure, 2001-2002;
Democracy 21, Member, Project FEC Task Force, 2002;
Columbia University School of Law, Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility, 1999;
Harvard University School of Law, Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, 1998-1999;
New York State Common Cause, “I Love an Ethical New York Award” for “nationally recognized achievement in the administration of public financing”, 1992;
New York County Lawyers' Association, Public Service Award, 1992;
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Chair, Government Ethics Committee, 1998-2001; Member, Special Commission on Campaign Finance Reform, 1998-2000; New York State Bar Association, Chair, Election Law Committee, 1992-1995; Chair, Committee on the Federal Constitution, 1983-1988; Member, Sub-Committee on the Voting Rights Act, 1982;
American Law Institute, Member, 1982-present;
National Civic League, Member, Advisory Board for the New Politics Program, 1997;
Joyce Foundation, Working Group member, pursuant to a grant administered by the Brookings Institute, studying viability of a private blue-ribbon commission to press for federal campaign finance reform, 1998;
Appearances as a speaker and resource in many news outlets, including network news, the New York Times, and for a wide range of not-for-profit and governmental groups, including the Carnegie Corporation, the Open Society Institute, the League of Women Voters, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Committee on Standards in Public Life

Major Publications

“Political Finance Laws: Possibilities and Practicalities of Enforcement,” chapter of a forthcoming publication by the International Political Science Association

“Ensuring Good Government: The New York City Campaign Finance Board,” in Ethics in Government, The Public Trust: a Two Way Street (New York State Bar Association 2002)

“Campaign Financing in New York City: A Decade of Reform,” in Government Ethics and Law Enforcement: Toward Global Guidelines (Praeger 2000)

“From the Ground Up: Local Lessons for National Reform,” participant in transcribed proceedings of conference co-sponsored by the Campaign Finance Board and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 27 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1 (1999)

“The New York City Model: Essentials for Effective Campaign Finance Regulation,” 6 Journal of Law and Policy 79 (1997)

“Symposium on Campaign Finance Enforcement: A Comparative View,” participant in transcribed proceedings of the American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, 11 Journal of Law & Politics 1 (1995)

“The New York City Campaign Finance Program: A Reform That is Working,” with Hyla Wagner, 19 Fordham Urban Law Journal 605 (1992)

“The Constitutional Right to Candidacy,” 25 Kansas Law Review 545 (1977), reprinted in abbreviated form, 91 Political Science Quarterly 471 (1976)


Dr. Magnus Ohman


Board Member
Telephone: +420272650230
Mailing address: IFES 1850 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006, USA
Email: mohman@ifes.org
Website: www.ifes.org, www.magnusohman.net

IFES Senior Political Finance Advisor
Managing IFES programming regarding political finance, and has worked in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Moldova, Nigeria, the Philippines, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.
Ph.D Uppsala University, Department of Government, 2004.
Other Appointments: Elections and Political Processes Advisor & Programme Manager, IFES Sierra Leone, 2007—2008, Programme Officer IFES 2005—2006. Lecturer, Uppsala University 2004—2005.
Memberships and Fellowships: Member, Research Committee on Political finance and Political Corruption, International Political Science Association (IPSA).
Research Interests: Election administration, Campaign finance issues, Political party organisation, democratization and democracy assistance, sub-Saharan African politics.


“Money and Electoral Violence in Africa” in Electoral Violence in Africa (working title). IFES, Washington, forthcoming.

Understanding political finance in Africa (working title). International IDEA, Stockholm forthcoming.

A Global View of Political Finance Regulations as a Dependent Variable. Paper presented at IPSA World Congress 2012.

Political Finance Regulations Around the World. International IDEA, Stockholm 2012.

Sanctions against Political Finance Violations, European experience and recommendations for Georgia. IFES, Tbilisi 2011.

The Serbian 2011 Law on Financing Political Activities, - Legal provisions and recommendations for enforcement. IFES, Belgrade 2011. Also available in Serbian.

Political Finance Provisions in Liberia and suggestions for reforms. IFES, Monrovia 2011.

Political Finance Regulations in Cambodia. IFES, Phnom Penh 2011.

Global Trends in the Regulation of Political Finance. Paper presented at IPSA-ECPR Conference, Sao Paulo Feb 2011.

An Introduction to European Standards in Political Finance. Paper presented at the Armenian National Assembly Electoral Legislation Symposium. IFES, Yerevan 2010. Also available in Armenian.

Regulating the Role of Money in Politics, An International Perspective and the Egyptian Context. IFES, Cairo 2010. Also available in Arabic.

"The Abuse of Administrative Resources – Regulation in an International context and the Georgian Situation." IFES, Tbilisi 2010.

"Political Finance Regulation, the Global Experience" (editor with Zainulbhai, Hani). IFES, Washington 2009. Author of chapters “Introduction”, “Practical Solutions for the Disclosure of Campaign and Political Party Finance“ (with Santucci, Jack), “Practical Solutions for the Public Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns“ and “Conclusions”. Also available in French, Russian, Dari and Pashto.

"Evaluating Electoral Processes: A Methodology for Practitioners" (with Darnolf, Staffan & Sharma, Rakesh). Paper presented at the workshop on Comparative Democracy Assessment, Sandbjerg Gods, Nov 2009.

"Campaign Finance Oversight in the 2009 Presidential Elections in Afghanistan", IFES Political Finance White Paper Series, No 7. IFES, Kabul 2009. Also available in Dari and Pashto.

"The Political Finance Framework in Lebanon. An Analysis of the oversight mechanisms put in place for the 2009 Parliamentary Elections" IFES, Beirut 2009.

“The 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone” in Electoral Studies, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2008.

“Public funding solutions, a comparative perspective” in IFES-Nigeria Political Finance Newsletter , Vol 7. IFES Nigeria, Abuja, 2006.

Incumbency or Change? The Role of Candidate Selection in the Turnover of MPs in Emerging Democracies. Paper presented at the International Political Science Association Congress, Fukuoka, Japan, 9-13 July 2006.

How Can International Non-Governmental Organisations Assist Increased Inclusiveness in the Iraqi Political System? Paper Presented at the Conference on “Equal Representation – A Challenge for Democracy and Democracy Promotion”, Uppsala, Sweden April 3–4, 2006.

Political Parties and Democracy Assistance, (Lead writer, with Ahlbäck Öberg, S & Holmbäck, B & Wockelberg, H & Åberg, V), Department of Government, Uppsala University, 2004.

The Heart and Soul of the Party, Candidate Selection in Ghana and Africa. PhD thesis, Department of Government, Uppsala University, 2004.

“Public Funding of Political Parties in Africa” in Conference Report, International IDEA/SADC Conference “Towards Sustainable Democratic Institutions in Southern Africa” (Gaborone, Botswana 8-10 May 2000). International IDEA, Stockholm, 2001.