Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process

By Michael M. Franz | Go to book overview

Political Science and Public Policy/American Studies

“If you ever doubt the vitality of America's democracy, just look at the magnificent
welter of interest groups that reach into every nook and cranny of the country.
Michael Franz understands this, and clearly realizes how influential these groups
are. They involve millions of people, and spend tens of millions of dollars on can-
didates and campaigns. Moreover, they represent the diversity of the nation—yet
also contain the potential for corruption. Franz covers all the possibilities, and he
enlightens us with detailed and original research. Once you've read Choices and
Changes, you will be better prepared to understand how politics actually works”

—Larry J. Sabato, author of A More Perfect Constitution and Director of the Univer-
sity of Virginia Center for Politics

“Rich in detail and substantive implications, this book is a terrific contribution to
the literature on interests groups and the electoral process. Franz clearly lays out
the importance of partisan and regulatorry context in explaining the strategies of
interest group leaders when they choose whom to fund in campaigns. Thisis valu-
able reading for scholars and for all those interested in campaign finance reform.”

—Ken Kollman, Professor of Political Sdence, University of Michigan

“An excellent hook, theoretically rich and empirically sound. Choices and
Changes is interesting, understandable, and informative. Franz's overall analysis
is the most thorough of any book that I have read in the interest group literature.
His extensive data analysis fills a major gap in the literature.”

—Peter L. Francia, East Carolina University, author of The Future of Organized Labor
in American Politics

MICHAEL M. FRANZ is Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. His research interests include political advertising, interest groups politics, campaign finance reform, and mass media. He has published articles in The American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Political Analysis, Political Behaiior, and The Journal of Politics. In 2007, he was awarded the American Political Science Association's E.E. Sellattschneider Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American government and politics. He is also the co-author of Campaign Adtiertising andAmerican Democracy (Temple).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1: The Puzzle of Interest Group Electioneering 1
  • 2: Election Law and Electoral Politics Between Feca and Bcra 15
  • 3: A Theory of Emergent and Changing Interest Group Tactics 51
  • 4: Putting Pacs in (Political) Context(S) 75
  • 5: Understanding Soft Money 95
  • 6: Following 527s and Watching Issue Advocacy 118
  • 7: Tracking the Regulatory Context 145
  • 8: Conclusion 172
  • Appendix: Pac Ideology Measure 189
  • Notes 193
  • Bibliography 207
  • Index 217
  • Political Science and Public Policy/American Studies 229
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