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Hogan: The costs of representation in state legislatures

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Hogan. 2000. The costs of representation in state legislatures: Explaining variation in campaign spending. Social Science Quarterly 81:941-956.

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People disagree as to whether campaign finance laws actually reduce campaign spending, or whether interest groups simply find alternative ways of channeling money to candidates. By analyzing 3,253 contested legislative races in 27 states, Hogan finds that campaign finance laws do reduce campaign spending, but not by as much as we might hope (Tables 2 and 3). In addition, campaign finance laws reduce spending disparities between challengers and incumbents (Table 4).

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Hogan, Robert (author)Political ScienceAmerican PoliticsElectionsCampaign Finance

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