Day after Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States / Edition 1

Day after Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States / Edition 1

by Thomas. Gais, Michael J. Malbin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0914341553

ISBN-13: 9780914341550

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Rockefeller, Nelson A. Institute of Government, The

For more than twenty-five years, campaign finance reform has been based on assumptions that no longer match the realities of modern campaigning. Despite this, many of the supposedly new proposals on the national agenda continue to be based on the old set of assumptions and to produce stalemate.

However, even while Congress has deadlocked, more than half of the

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Overview

For more than twenty-five years, campaign finance reform has been based on assumptions that no longer match the realities of modern campaigning. Despite this, many of the supposedly new proposals on the national agenda continue to be based on the old set of assumptions and to produce stalemate.

However, even while Congress has deadlocked, more than half of the states have revised their laws on campaign finance. Some of these are now being promoted actively as models to be emulated. Michael J. Malbin and Thomas L. Gais look at the states to see how campaign finance reforms have actually worked out —what has happened after candidates, political parties, and interest groups have had a chance to adapt to them.

This book is based on a fifty-state survey of campaign finance laws and their administering agencies, analyses of reports from the states that release candidate-level data, and extensive open-ended interviews with political leaders in half a dozen jurisdictions with among the most ambitious regulatory frameworks. It concludes with recommendations based on realistic assumptions set in a package that is designed to remain workable over the long haul.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914341550
Publisher:
Rockefeller, Nelson A. Institute of Government, The
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Laws and Agencies9
3Turning Laws Into Tasks: The Assumptions Underlying Disclosure33
4Public Funding: Themes and Variations51
5Slipping and Sliding: How Interest Groups Have Adapted to Regulation77
6The Limits of Party Limits105
7What Helps Competition?133
8If the Standard Cures Fail, What Can One Do?161
Index181

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