Parliaments, Elections, and the Cost of Politics: Implications for Corruption and Exclusion
4 July 2018, 09:30 - 11:30, Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels

Why are women and youth still a minority in parliaments around the world? And why does corruption persist in political systems despite decades of investment in transparency? This panel discussion explores the interconnected challenges of corruption and exclusion, by looking at the cost of getting into politics.

The discussion will be informed by cross-country research of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) on how the cost of politics feeds into cycles of corruption. Speakers will explore the relationship between corruption, inclusiveness and accountability, taking lessons from the field to shed light on the implications for donors and practitioners.

We welcome early risers for breakfast at 09.00. We will then start with a presentation of the Cost of Politics research from WFD at 09.30 and move on to a panel discussion on the topic.

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