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

©1998
Physical Description:
xiii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780914341567

9780914341550
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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.


Summary

For more than twenty-five years, campaign finance reform has been based on assumptions that no longer match the realities of modern campaigning. Despite this, many of the supposedly new proposals on the national agenda continue to be based on the old set of assumptions and to produce stalemate. However, even while Congress has deadlocked, more than half of the states have revised their laws on campaign finance. Some of these are now being promoted actively as models to be emulated. Michael J. Malbin and Thomas L. Gais look at the states to see how campaign finance reforms have actually worked out --what has happened after candidates, political parties, and interest groups have had a chance to adapt to them. This book is based on a fifty-state survey of campaign finance laws and their administering agencies, analyses of reports from the states that release candidate-level data, and extensive open-ended interviews with political leaders in half a dozen jurisdictions with among the most ambitious regulatory frameworks. It concludes with recommendations based on realistic assumptions set in a package that is designed to remain workable over the long haul.


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, DirectorRichard 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
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

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