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Public funding of elections increases candidate polarization by reducing the influence of moderate donors

Hall, Andrew B. (2014) Public funding of elections increases candidate polarization by reducing the influence of moderate donors. LSE American Politics and Policy (14 May 2014). Website.

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Abstract

A common refrain is that there is “too much money in politics”, with many arguing for the public funding of political campaigns. But what are the effects of this kind of public finding on electoral and legislative behavior? Using evidence from U.S. state legislative elections over the past four decades, Andrew B. Hall finds that public funding for campaigns actually increases political polarization by reducing the influence of interest groups, which tend to be more moderate than individuals in the way that they donate.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blo gs.lse.ac.uk/usappblo g/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 10:52
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 00:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58893

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