Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process [NOOK Book]

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Choices and Changes is the most comprehensive examination to date of the impact of interest groups on recent American electoral politics. Richly informed, theoretically and empirically, it is the first book to explain the emergence of aggressive interest group electioneering tactics in the mid-1990s-including "soft money" contributions, issue ads, and "527s" (IRS-classified political organizations).

Michael Franz argues that changing ...
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Overview

Choices and Changes is the most comprehensive examination to date of the impact of interest groups on recent American electoral politics. Richly informed, theoretically and empirically, it is the first book to explain the emergence of aggressive interest group electioneering tactics in the mid-1990s-including "soft money" contributions, issue ads, and "527s" (IRS-classified political organizations).

Michael Franz argues that changing political and legal contexts have clearly influenced the behavior of interest groups. To support his argument, he tracks in detail the evolution of campaign finance laws since the 1970s, examines all soft money contributions-nearly $1 billion in total-to parties by interest groups from 1991-2002, and analyzes political action committee (PAC) contributions to candidates and parties from 1983-2002. He also draws on his own interviews with campaign finance leaders.

Based on this rigorous data analysis and a formidable knowledge of its subject, Choices and Changes substantially advances our understanding of the significance of interest groups in U.S. politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592136759
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,272,915
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael M. Franz is Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. His research interests include political advertising, interest groups politics, campaign finance reform, and mass media. He has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, and Social Science Quarterly. He is also the co-author of Campaign Advertising and American Democracy (Temple).
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1-Introduction
The Puzzle
The Argument
Data and Definitions
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Chapter 2- Election Law and Electoral Politics between FECA and BCRA
PACs and Hard Money
Soft Money
Issue Advocacy and Political Advertisements
527s and 501(c) s
The Changing Political Landscape
The Evolving Regulatory Environment
    Changes from Congress
    Changes from the FEC 
    Changes from the Courts
Conclusion

Chapter 3-A Theory of Emergent and Changing Interest Group Tactics
Set-Up
The Relationship between Goals and Tactics
    Ideological Context
    Partisan Context
The Relationship between Capacity and Tactics
    Regulatory Context
    Resource Context
Conclusion

Chapter 4-Putting PACs in (Political) Context(s)
Ideological Context
Partisan Context
Conclusion

Chapter 5-Understanding Soft Money
Soft Money from PACs 
Soft Money from States
Soft Money from Large Donors
Conclusion

Chapter 6-Following 527s and Watching Issue Advocacy
Political Television Advertisements
Contributions to Partisan 527s
Expenditures by 527s 
Conclusion

Chapter 7-Tracking the Regulatory Context
Advisory Opinions: Signposts for Tactical Capacity
    A Brief Defense of Advisory Opinions
Political Learning
Lenient FEC
    The FEC v The Courts
Conclusion

Chapter 8-Conclusion
What Do We Know Now?
Madisonian Majoritarianism?
Lessons from the 2006 Elections

Appendix A-PAC Ideology Measure
Data Sets
A Simple Model of PAC Donations to House Incumbents
Data Structure

Bibliography

Tables and Figures

Notes
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