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Campaign Finance and Political Polarization

An illuminating perspective on the polarizing effects of campaign finance reform

Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner

Efforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner argue, reforms aimed at cutting the flow of money into politics have unintentionally favored candidates with extreme ideological agendas and, consequently, fostered political polarization.

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Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2015
Pages: 208
Subject: Political Science - Political Process/Elections, Political Science - Political Process/Political Parties
Print ISBN: 9780472052998
eBook ISBN: 9780472900039

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Efforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner argue, reforms aimed at cutting the flow of money into politics have unintentionally favored candidates with extreme ideological agendas and, consequently, fostered political polarization.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raymond J. La Raja is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of MassachusettsÐAmherst, and Associate Director of the UMass Poll. Brian F. Schaffner is Professor of Political Science at the University of MassachusettsÐAmherst, Director of the UMass Poll, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

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ÒRay La Raja and Brian Schaffner have written an important book from a fresh research perspective that needs to be incorporated into all discussions of money in politics. From polarization to the proper role of the political parties, this book takes an extremely productive look at what is happening in the states and how that might serve as a laboratory for what works and what doesnÕt in our elections.Ó
ÑBenjamin L. Ginsberg, Partner, Jones Day; former counsel to RNC, the Mitt Romney campaign, and the Bush-Cheney campaigns

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