Self-Financed candidates in congressional elections

Jennifer A. Steen

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Are our elections for sale? Americans have long asked this question in the face of skyrocketing campaign spending by candidates and parties. Then, in the 1990s, came a wave of wealthy individuals whose deep pockets seemed to be buying political offices across the country. Our worst suspicions were confirmed. Or were they? What effect do self-financers really have on electoral outcomes? Jennifer Steen's authoritative empirical study of self-financed candidates is a landmark in American politics. Steen thoroughly dispels the notion that self-funded candidates can buy legislative seats, proving that the vast majority of self-financers do not win their elections. Her book gives us a truer understanding of self-financers' actual influence on campaign competition and rhetoric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages198
ISBN (Print)0472099035, 9780472069033
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social Sciences(all)


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