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Better Parties, Better Government: A Realistic Program for Campaign Finance Reform Paperback – May 16, 2009

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This book brilliantly shows how and why campaign finance laws, while claiming to eliminate corruption and enhance fair elections, instead did little more than protect incumbents against electoral challenges. Whether the authors' creative proposals work remains to be seen. But this book changes the paradigm of thinking on this issue, and is now the ultimate source for anyone who cares about how a democracy should work. (Ira Glasser, Former Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union)

Today's campaign finance system, by preventing parties from financing their candidates, unfairly protects the interests of incumbents. Wallison and Gora clearly showcase how the American political process can refocus on satisfying the needs of its citizens simply by returning authority to the political parties. Better Parties, Better Government points to the one campaign finance reform that can actually bring reform to American politics. (Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives)

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This book brilliantly shows how and why campaign finance laws, while claiming to eliminate corruption and enhance fair elections, instead did little more than protect incumbents against electoral challenges. Whether the authors' creative proposals work remains to be seen. But this book changes the paradigm of thinking on this issue, and is now the ultimate source for anyone who cares about how a democracy should work. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press (May 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844742716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844742717
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Could restrictions on political spending actually be undermining America's democracy? "Better Parties, Better Government: A Realistic Program for Campaign Finance Reform" offers Peter Wallison and Joel Gora's opinion that major problems in American democracy stem from limits on campaign spending; the restrictions in place which all too often seem to protect incumbents, often giving them the election despite low approval ratings. "Better Parties, Better Government" is a must read for those looking to better understand modern American democracy.
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