Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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This project has a long and complicated history. From 2002 through 2004,I was part of a research team at the Campaign Finance Institute that wasexploring the effect of campaign â€ąnance reform on organized interests. Ihad the privilege of being in Washington, within a few blocks of all ofthese groupsâ€™ headquarters, as they were planning their strategies for the...
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One of the perils of writing an academic work about contemporary poli-tics is the risk that a book starts to become out of date the moment it ap-pears in print. In both the United States and Canada, campaign â€ąnancelaw is very much in turmoil. Canadaâ€™s prorogation crisis of late 2008added an unexpected twist late in the writing of this book, and the U.S....
List of Acronyms
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Introduction: Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform—A Natural Experiment
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...â€śWhatâ€™s most important is that we elect a president with the provenability to bring Democrats and Republicans together to get results soâ€śMaybe Iâ€™ve just lived a little too long, but I have no illusions abouthow hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wandâ€śI understand who I work for. I donâ€™t work for a party. I donâ€™t work...
I. The Roots of Reform
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Within many subâ€ąelds of political science, it has been possible to makeadvances in our knowledge of political institutions and behavior withoutplacing the United States in a pivotal role. For example, many of the clas-sic works on political parties, such as those of Duverger or Michels, havemade enduring contributions to our knowledge of political parties as a...
II. Consequences of Reform
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Campaign â€ąnance reform in both the United States and Canada had sev-eral immediate effects. As the two nationsâ€™ laws intended, corporate andlabor spending played less of a role in the immediate postreform electionsthan had previously been the case. Changes in individual contributionlimits also ensured that individuals played a much larger role in funding...
Appendix: A Primer on Brokerage Parties
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List of Interviews
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Page Count: 276
Illustrations: 14 Tables, 1 Figure
Publication Year: 2011