Campaign finance and political polarization when purists prevail

"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 ideologi...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Authors: La Raja, Raymond J., Schaffner, Brian F. (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 2015, 2015
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • 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