The Evolution of Campaign Finance and its Reform: An Expoloration and Economic Analysis

Milloy, Meghan (2009) The Evolution of Campaign Finance and its Reform: An Expoloration and Economic Analysis. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. William Shughart from Economics, University of Mississippi.


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From the blunders of Theodore Roosevelt that initiated much of the debate on campaign finance reform to Bill Bradley’s ideas on voting reform as a means to reform campaign finance, this is a topic that has inspired much debate and controversy. My hope is that throughout the following pages, through the history, opinions, and empirical evidence, the reader may formulate his or her own opinions on the good, evil, and necessity – or lack thereof – of reforming the system. History teaches where we have gone wrong. Econometric evidence tells us where we should go next. And opinions for future reform lead us in the right direction. Such reform seemingly has no end in sight as there will always be new restrictions necessary and new ways to evade them. While much of the statistical evidence was drawn from the last decade, its impact remains salient as the numbers may have increased but the ratios remain the same.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Milloy, Meghan
Student's Degree Program(s): Economics, Political Science
Thesis Advisor: Dr. William Shughart
Thesis Advisor's Department: Economics
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Meghan Milloy
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 15:11
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 15:15

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