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dc.contributor.authorLa Raja, Raymond
dc.contributor.authorSchaffner, Brian
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-10T12:58:18Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.date.submitted2019-11-09 03:00:31
dc.date.submitted2020-04-01T09:37:14Z
dc.identifier1006088
dc.identifierOCN: 1149167273
dc.identifierhttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/24045
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/33895
dc.description.abstractEfforts 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 years, La Raja and Schaffner reveal that current rules allow wealthy ideological groups and donors to dominate the financing of political campaigns. In order to attract funding, candidates take uncompromising positions on key issues and, if elected, take their partisan views into the legislature. As a remedy, the authors propose that additional campaign money be channeled through party organizations—rather than directly to candidates—because these organizations tend to be less ideological than the activists who now provide the lion’s share of money to political candidates. Shifting campaign finance to parties would ease polarization by reducing the influence of “purist” donors with their rigid policy stances. La Raja and Schaffner conclude the book with policy recommendations for campaign finance in the United States. They are among the few non-libertarians who argue that less regulation, particularly for political parties, may in fact improve the democratic process.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPH Political structure & processes::JPHF Elections & referenda
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPL Political parties
dc.subject.otherPolitics and government
dc.titleCampaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.3998/ump.13855466.0001.001
oapen.relation.isPublishedByb7359529-e5f7-4510-a59f-d7dafa1d4d17
oapen.relation.isbn9780472072996;9780472052998
oapen.pages209
oapen.place.publicationAnn Arbor


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