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Campaign finance laws may be making political polarization worse by encouraging ‘purist’ donors.

La Raja, Raymond J. and Schaffner, Brian (2015) Campaign finance laws may be making political polarization worse by encouraging ‘purist’ donors. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Dec 2015). Website.

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Abstract

Many Americans have become increasingly concerned over the role of money in politics, and back more populist approaches to reducing political donations. Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner, authors of Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail, argue that populist approaches such as imposing low contribution limits on parties, distort the campaign finance system in ways that benefit a small group of partisan purists at the expense of the broader electorate. This in turn pushes candidates towards ideological extremes. They write that reformers should consider a more party-centered campaign finance system which would channel money to candidates through highly transparent and broadly accountable party organizations, which would then lead to less polarization.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75962

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