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The day after reform : sobering campaign finance lessons from the American states
Malbin, Michael J.
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Albany, N.Y. : Rockefeller Institute Press ; [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by the Brookings Institution Press, [1998]

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xiii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Utilizing surveys, reports, and interviews, looks at the states to see how campaign finance reforms have worked out in fact, after organizations have had a chance to adapt to them.

Author Notes

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
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Laws and Agenciesp. 9
The Scope (and Limit) of Reform: A Brief Federal Detourp. 9
State Laws: The Early Wavep. 13
Changes in State Laws Since 1980p. 15
Administering the Laws: Agency Resourcesp. 24
3. Turning Laws Into Tasks: The Assumptions Underlying Disclosurep. 33
Agency Tasksp. 37
An Agency's Work Is Never Donep. 40
After the Agency--Then What?p. 45
4. Public Funding: Themes and Variationsp. 51
Public Funding Themesp. 52
Which Candidates Participate?p. 62
Public Support for Funding Trends Downwardp. 65
Political Support for Funding: The Need for Consensusp. 70
5. Slipping and Sliding: How Interest Groups Have Adapted to Regulationp. 77
Tactical Responses: Getting Around the Lawp. 79
Unequal Effectsp. 96
The Effects of Increased Complexityp. 101
Summaryp. 102
6. The Limits of Party Limitsp. 105
Overviewp. 106
Floridap. 109
Wisconsinp. 113
Washingtonp. 117
Minnesotap. 123
Conclusionsp. 129
7. What Helps Competition?p. 133
Public Financing: Good, At Most, for a Startp. 134
What Really Helps Challengers: It's the Money, No Matter From Wherep. 138
The Party's the Keyp. 145
Turning the Tablesp. 153
Conclusionsp. 158
8. If the Standard Cures Fail, What Can One Do?p. 161
Accountability, Disclosure, and Limitsp. 167
Encouraging Competition, Debate, and Participationp. 173
Concluding Thoughtsp. 178
Indexp. 181