“How Outside Money Makes Governing More Difficult”

While we are on the subject of how the structure of campaign finance laws and practices can affect democratic governance, I want to remind readers of the recent empirical paper Michael Norton and I published, which shows that the more outside money is spent on elections, the more it fuels the poles of the parties. More money to the political parties and campaigns, rather than outside spending, produces more cohesion and less fragmentation within the party caucuses.

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