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Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada
by Robert G Boatright
University of Michigan Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-0-472-02675-3 | Cloth: 978-0-472-07144-9 | Paper: 978-0-472-05144-1
Library of Congress Classification JK1991.B59 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.780973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In the early 2000s, the United States and Canada implemented new campaign finance laws restricting the ability of interest groups to make political contributions and to engage in political advertising. Whereas both nations' legislative reforms sought to reduce the role of interest groups in campaigns, these laws have had opposite results in the two nations. In the United States, interest groups remained influential by developing broad coalitions aimed at mobilizing individual voters and contributors. In Canada, interest groups largely withdrew from election campaigns, and, thus, important voices in elections have gone silent. Robert G. Boatright explains such disparate results by placing campaign finance reforms in the context of ongoing political and technological changes.


Robert G. Boatright is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clark University.


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