Money matters: consequences of campaign finance reform in U.S. House elections

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999 - Law - 217 pages
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Methods of campaign financing have been controversial since George Washington first ran for office, and debates over campaign finance reform have raged just as long. Contemporary critics of reform often contend that it would decrease electoral competition, voter turnout, and the amount of information voters receive about candidates. Money Matters subjects these criticisms to careful, systemic analysis-using simulations, aggregate vote analyses, and individual-level data analyses based on House elections-and concludes that reform, with modest public subsidies and spending limits, would enhance rather than diminish the U.S. system of democratic governance. Visit our website for sample chapters!

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Contents

A Brief History of Campaign Finance and Finance Reform
15
Excessive Spending Candidate Viability and Free Speech
37
Electoral Competition and Campaign Finance Reform
57
Copyright

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Goidel is assistant professor of political science at Indiana State University.

Todd G. Shields is professor of political science and director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas.

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