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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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Why Public Funding?

Why Public Funding?

(p.12) 1 Why Public Funding?
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers the objectives of public financing in America and how it shapes the behavior of candidates and voters. Elections in America today are expensive, and the high price of running is often a barrier to entry for prospective candidates. Many jurisdictions in the United States have attempted to resolve this issue by implementing voluntary systems of public election finance. Public funding systems are variously constructed, but the reasons cited for their creation are almost always the same: to control the growth of spending, to diminish the role of “special interest” contributors looking for political favors, to enhance electoral competition, and to improve representation.

Keywords:   public financing, public funding, public election finance, public funding systems, electoral competition, special interest contributors, electoral spending

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