The Economic Realities of Political Reform: Elections and the Us Senate

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September 2005



A central political issue in American politics during the 1990s is the need for political campaign reform. A variety of proposals have been advanced to reform the system of congressional elections, most notably in relation to campaign financing. The authors examine U.S. Senate elections to determine the role money plays in the contests; their analysis indicates that the system of campaign finance resembles a market, with legislators serving as the recipients of financial largesse based on their institutional positions and political vulnerability. This rent-seeking relationship between economic interests and legislators has transformed the dynamic of Senate elections. Assessing the potential impact of several electoral reform proposals, Professors Regens and Gaddie argue that debates over the nature and consequences of proposed changes in election finance are often waged without an underlying point of theoretical reference. In addition, little consideration is placed upon impacts relative to each other or collectively on the political system. Spending limits and public funding proposals, they contend, will not have the effects expected by reform advocates. Term limit and public funding proposals would disrupt the rent-seeking relationship between legislators and economic interests, and these proposals would also face political and constitutional barriers to implementation.


List of tables and figures; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The Senate in transition and campaign finance; 2. Early money and profit-taking in Senate campaigns; 3. Targeting rent-provision by major interests; 4. Sitting in the cheap seats?; 5. Implications for campaign finance reform; 6. The future and the rent-seeking legislature; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


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EAN: 9780521023511
ISBN: 0521023513
Untertitel: 'Murphy Institute Studies in Po'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2005
Seitenanzahl: 136 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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