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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.

Values, Choices, and Consequences
Values, choices, and consequences
The Policy Labyrinth

The debate over campaign finance regulations is often marked by key legislative enactments, such as the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and its amendments in the 1970s and, more recently, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). These significant pieces of legislation have established the primary rules regarding the raising and spending of money in connection with federal elections. As important as FECA and BCRA are, though, the enactment of such laws represents just one of the four stages of the policy labyrinth that issues such as campaign finance reform follow: (1) policy formation, (2) interpretation and implementation, (3) impact, and (4) assessment. The actions of a wide array of political actors have had a ...

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