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Campaign finance and political polarization : when purists prevail

Author: Raymond J La Raja; Brian F Schaffner
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Efforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner argue, reforms aimed at cutting the flow of money into politics have unintentionally favored candidates with extreme ideological agendas and, consequently, fostered political polarization. Drawing on data from 50 states and the U.S. Congress over 20  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2015025150
(OCoLC)922836022
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond J La Raja; Brian F Schaffner
ISBN: 9780472121601 047212160X
OCLC Number: 927073955
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 192 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Campaign finance laws, purists, and pragmatists: who benefits? --
The ideological wellsprings of campaign money --
Who gets campaign money and why rules matter --
Ideological polarization in state legislatures --
The hydraulics of campaign money --
The future of reform: build canals, not dams.
Responsibility: Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner.

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