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From the authors of Legislative Labyrinth: Congress and Campaign Finance Reform. Elections, the basic mechanism of representative democracy, should be untainted by corruption and provide a platform for free speech. But running for office takes money—a lot of it, usually—which means campaign finance has become a pitched battle over the fundamental political values of free speech versus fair elections. With insiders' perspectives, Farrar-Myers and Dwyre tell the story of what it took to pass campaign finance legislation, provide analysis of the subsequent court action, and explore the regulatory and electoral outcomes of reform efforts. Limits and Loopholes is a story about incremental policymaking and inter-branch struggle, about institutional design and unintended consequences, about the influence of interest groups and the media, and about the health of our representative democracy. Bringing together discussions of core values and the policymaking process, this book serves as an excellent case study that traces an issue from inception, through legislation and litigation, and finally to implementation.

Campaign Finance Reform in the 105th Congress: A Tale of Unorthodox Policymaking
Campaign finance reform in the 105th congress: A tale of unorthodox policymaking

Students of Congress are accustomed to discussing the flowchart model of “how a bill becomes a law,” complete with a predictable journey charting the bill's introduction, committee and subcommittee action, floor action, conference committee review, final floor consideration, and, finally, presidential approval. But this textbook model does not accurately describe the way that many bills make their way through Congress. In both chambers, legislation often proceeds along a much less predictable path. The modern legislative process features a variety of unorthodox or nontraditional strategies to both assist and hinder passage of particular bills. As a result, some measures travel unpredictable and often ...

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