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The Resource Improper influence : campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality, Thomas Gais

Improper influence : campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality, Thomas Gais

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Improper influence : campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality
Title
Improper influence
Title remainder
campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Gais
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Why is there still so much dissatisfaction with the role of special interest groups in financing American election campaigns, even though no aspect of interest group politics has been so thoroughly regulated and constrained?
  • This book argues that the campaign finance laws prevent many citizen groups from forming effective political action committees (PACs) - organizations created by interest groups to raise and spend money in elections - while the regulations are less of an obstacle to business groups in forming PACs. This results, the author asserts, in a campaign finance system which is biased in favor of economic interests. The author argues that the laws regulating PACs ignore the real difficulties of political mobilization - problems that political scientists have expounded in both theoretical and empirical analyses of collective action
  • The author concludes that our campaign finance laws reflect a fundamental discrepancy between our ideals about the role of small individual contributors and the real ways in which broadly based groups actually get organized. Deregulating group activity, the author suggests, may be the only way to promote pluralism and reduce the dominance of the campaign finance system by economic institutions
  • Gais makes a significant contribution to the literature on interest groups, election and campaign finance reform, and the role of money in politics. This volume will interest specialists in American politics, collective action, the role of business in politics and public choice as well as policymakers involved in campaign finance reform
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gais, Thomas
Dewey number
  • 342.73/078
  • 347.30278
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4920
LC item number
.G35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Campaign funds
  • Political action committees
  • Pressure groups
  • Pressure-group
  • Chancengleichheit
  • Wahlkampffinanzierung
  • Interessenverband
  • Caisses électorales
  • Comités d'action politique
  • Groupes de pression
  • USA
Label
Improper influence : campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality, Thomas Gais
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-227) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33333292
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780472106318
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
95043821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33333292
Label
Improper influence : campaign finance law, political interest groups, and the problem of equality, Thomas Gais
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-227) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33333292
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780472106318
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
95043821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33333292

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