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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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Ideology and Partisan Participation

Ideology and Partisan Participation

(p.108) 6 Ideology and Partisan Participation
Subsidizing Democracy

Michael G. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at how candidates can refuse public funding based on ideological grounds. Some candidates might view a publicly funded campaign as having a higher net cost than a traditionally financed one, due to a personal, ideologically based objection to the program. Given the rather overt expenditure of direct subsidies, one can assume that candidates who think of themselves as “fiscally conservative”—and are therefore likely to possess an ideological desire to reduce government spending—will oppose public funding as an unwarranted utilization of government funds. Such candidates would eschew subsidies because accepting them would be inconsistent with their values. And assuming that party affiliation is a useful proxy for candidate ideology, the chapter describes how the higher costs of participation for conservative candidates imply that Republican candidates will be less likely than Democratic candidates to accept large public subsidies such as those in Clean Elections systems.

Keywords:   candidate ideology, party affiliations, government funds, Republican candidates, Democratic candidates

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