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Subsidizing DemocracyHow Public Funding Changes Elections and How It Can Work in the Future$
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Michael G. Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452277.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter presents the campaign finance environment as one facet that ails the complex political machinery that is American democracy. This, of course, is hardly the only corrupting force in American politics today, though the chapter gives particular focus on election funding in order to foreground the discussion animating this book. Thus this chapter argues that, in American politics the majority of legislators at both the state and federal level can bank on keeping their jobs for as long as they want, due in large part to their inherent advantages in name recognition and funding. These circumstances can curtail electoral competition as other challengers find themselves at a financial disadvantage.

Keywords:   American democracy, American politics, electoral competition, campaign finance, political money

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