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Campaign contributions are widely viewed as a corrupting influence but most scholarly research concludes that they have marginal impact on legislative behavior. Lynda W. Powell shows that contributions have considerable influence in some state legislatures but very little in others. Using a national survey of legislators, she develops an innovative measure of influence and delineates the factors that explain this great variation across the 99 U.S. state legislative chambers. Powell identifies the personal, institutional, and political factors that determine how much time a legislator devotes to personal fundraising and fundraising for the caucus. She shows that the extent of donors' legislative influence varies in ways corresponding to the same variations in the factors that determine fundraising time. She also confirms a link between fundraising and lobbying with evidence supporting the theory that contributors gain access to legislators based on donations, Powell's findings have important implications for the debate over the role of money in the legislative process.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Part I: The Influence of Money and the Context of Fundraising in State Legislatures
  1. 1. Measuring the Influence of Campaign Contributions in the Legislative Process
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. 2. Patterns of State Legislative Campaign Finance
  2. pp. 33-55
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  1. Part II: The Microlevel: The Fundraising of Individual Legislators
  1. 3. An Investment Model of Campaign Contributions
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. 4. The Time Legislators Devote to Fundraising
  2. pp. 78-105
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  1. 5. How Much Is a Legislator’s Time Worth to a Contributor?
  2. pp. 106-127
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  1. Part III: The Macrolevel: Differences across Legislative Chambers
  1. 6. The Influence of Campaign Contributions in Legislative Chambers
  2. pp. 131-154
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  1. 7. Fundraising for the Caucus: Expectations and Practices
  2. pp. 155-175
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  1. 8. Fundraising and Lobbying
  2. pp. 176-200
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. Appendix A: Survey of State Legislators
  2. pp. 215-219
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  1. Appendix B: Winbugs Code
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. References
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472028276
Print ISBN
9780472051724
MARC Record
OCLC
781773108
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
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