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Are our elections for sale? Americans have long asked this question in the face of skyrocketing campaign spending by candidates and parties. Then, in the 1990s, came a wave of wealthy individuals whose deep pockets seemed to be buying political offices across the country. Our worst suspicions were confirmed. Or were they? What effect do self-financers really have on electoral outcomes? Jennifer Steen's authoritative empirical study of self-financed candidates is a landmark in American politics. Steen thoroughly dispels the notion that self-funded candidates can buy legislative seats, proving that the vast majority of self-financers do not win their elections. Her book gives us a truer understanding of self-financers' actual influence on campaign competition and rhetoric. Jennifer A. Steen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a former political consultant. She is one of the nation's leading authorities on self-financed candidates.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. The Distribution of Self-Financing: Candidate Quality, Timing, and the Local Context
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. 3. How Self-Financing Shapes the Field of Competition
  2. pp. 47-92
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  1. 4. How Much Bang in a Self-Financed Buck?
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. 5. Self-Financing and the Electoral Connection
  2. pp. 123-145
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  1. 6. Democracy, Campaign Reform, and Politics
  2. pp. 147-161
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 163-181
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  1. References
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-198
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472022557
Related ISBN
9780472069033
MARC Record
OCLC
645039356
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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