Public Financing Of Campaigns Adopted At The State Level

2784 WordsNov 17, 201412 Pages
My research will attempt to affirm or deny the validity of the following theory: “Different mechanisms for the public financing of campaigns adopted at the state level have led to higher quality candidates, more competitive elections, and more responsible governance.” In order to execute a circumspect and empirical analysis of the tangible effects of public financing, I will be focusing on scholarship which dissects each of the individual factors involved, including the various mechanisms of subsidization, changes or lack thereof in competition upon implementation (primarily regarding instances of contested incumbency, rather than open seat or uncontested elections), and the quality of candidates who accept public funding. The articles I chose to centralize my research on, in conjunction, should help to reveal the overall effects public financing imposes on each of these variables, allowing one to postulate its contribution or counteraction to responsible governance. However, in some respects, it appears that the literature does not currently exist or perhaps even cannot exist in order to definitively support any such claim, as I will come to over the course of this survey. To begin, as a brief and general overview of the different mechanisms for the public-financing of political campaigns at the state level, there are three very broad categories of funding: candidate based, political party based, and tax incentives for campaign contributions. The variety in which the
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