The Day After Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States

The Day After Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States

by Michael J. Malbin, Thomas L. Gais

Hardcover(1 ED)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780914341567
Publisher: Rockefeller Institute Press
Publication date: 11/28/1997
Series: Rockefeller Institute Press Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael J. Malbin is Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY, and Director of Legislative and Political Studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. As this book was being finished, he was also a Guest Scholar at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Thomas L. Gais is Director of the Federalism Research Group at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Table of Contents

Richard P. Nathan, Director,
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government


1. Introduction

2. Laws and Agencies

The Scope (and Limit) of Reform: A Brief Federal Detour
State Laws: The Early Wave
Changes in State Laws Since 1980
Administering the Laws: Agency Resources

3. Turning Laws Into Tasks: The Assumptions Underlying Disclosure

Agency Tasks
Agency's Work Is Never Done
After the Agency—Then What?

4. Public Funding: Themes and Variations

Public Funding Themes
Which Candidates Participate?
Public Support for Funding Trends Downward
Political Support for Funding: The Need for Consensus

5. Slipping and Sliding: How Interest Groups Have Adapted to Regulation

Tactical Responses: Getting Around the Law
Unequal Effects
The Effects of Increased Complexity

6. The Limits of Party Limits


7. What Helps Competition?

Public Financing: Good, At Most, for a Start
What Really Helps Challengers: It's the Money, No Matter From Where
The Party's the Key
Turnign the Tables

8. If the Standard Cures Fail, What Can One Do?

Accountability, Disclosure, and Limits
Encouraging Competition, Debate, and Participation
Concluding Thoughts


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