Stifling Political Competition: How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties / Edition 1

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Stifling Political Competition synthesizes political science, economics, and history to demonstrate how the two-party system is the artificial creation of a network of laws, restrictions, and subsidies that favor the Democrats and Republicans and cripple potential challengers, depriving voters of truly vigorous political debate. Daring in its criticism of the current state of affairs and provocative in its calls for radical reform, Stifling Political Competition is a timely and important contribution to any discussion of the impact of party politics and the prospects for achieving effective representation.
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“This work provides a much needed, long overdue, and extremely timely analysis of the current US two-party political system … . overall, I found the writing style to be enjoyable and very entertaining … . I recommend this book to anyone interested in studying and understanding the costs and unintended consequences of Stifling Political Competition.” (Claudia R. Williamson, Public Choice, Vol. 141, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387098203
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/14/2008
  • Series: Studies in Public Choice Series, #12
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- The American Suspicion of Parties.- No Competition Allowed or He Who Controls the Ballot Controls the Election.- Then Along Came FECA.- FECA: The Demopublicans’ Best Friend.- The State Feeds the Party and the Party Feeds the State.- Conclusion: Pulling the Plug?

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