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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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Strategic Candidates and Public Funding

Strategic Candidates and Public Funding

(p.29) 2 Strategic Candidates and Public Funding
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the effects of public funding on the strategic decisions that candidates make. Participation in public funding is likely to change the strategic considerations that candidates make since it dramatically affects the costs—in several areas—that they must pay to wage a viable campaign. The recognition of this dynamic is important because an altered cost-benefit calculus will almost certainly affect what candidates think and do during the course of an election. Indeed, if public funding leads to broader shifts in electoral competition or interest group influence, these changes are likely to be the result of altered strategy and candidate behavior.

Keywords:   strategic considerations, cost-benefit analysis, altered electoral strategies, altered candidate behavior, interest group influence

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