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Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public Really Thinks and Why It Matters

David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo


Campaign finance reformers, politicians, and academics have been arguing for decades that democracy is imperiled by a threat that permeates all of politics: money. Money in politics, these elites tell us, is to blame for a wide array of ills in American society that threaten democracy: moneyed interests buying elections, rampant corruption, and declining trust in government. The elites are wrong, yet the American public believes them. This book is about why that matters. David Primo and Jeffrey Milyo use original survey data to show that the public is misinformed about money in politics, its s ... More

Keywords: campaign finance, corruption, money in politics, American politics, public opinion, trust in government, Citizens United, polarization, interest groups, elections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226712802
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226713137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Primo, author
University of Rochester

Jeffrey D. Milyo, author
University of Missouri