Subsidizing Democracy

Author: Michael G. Miller
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801469511
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In the wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the case that allowed corporate and union spending in elections, many Americans despaired over the corrosive influence that private and often anonymous money can have on political platforms, campaigns, and outcomes at the federal and state level. In McComish v. Bennett (2011), the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the matching funds feature of so-called “Clean Elections” public financing laws, but there has been no strong challenge to the constitutionality of public funding as such. In Subsidizing Democracy, Michael G. Miller considers the impact of state-level public election financing on political campaigns through the eyes of candidates. Miller’s insights are drawn from survey data obtained from more than 1,000 candidates, elite interview testimony, and twenty years of election data. This book is therefore not only an effort to judge the effects of existing public election funding but also a study of elite behavior, campaign effects, and the structural factors that influence campaigns and voters. The presence of publicly funded candidates in elections, Miller reports, results in broad changes to the electoral system, including more interaction between candidates and the voting public and significantly higher voter participation. He presents evidence that by providing neophytes with resources that would have been unobtainable otherwise, subsidies effectively manufacture quality challengers. Miller describes how matching-funds provisions of Clean Elections laws were pervasively manipulated by candidates and parties and were ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court. A revealing book that will change the way we think about campaign funding, Subsidizing Democracy concludes with an evaluation of existing proposals for future election policy in light of Miller’s findings.

Democracy by the People

Author: Eugene D. Mazo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107177634
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Introduces citizens to solutions for reforming the American campaign finance system.

Daring Democracy

Author: Frances Moore Lappé
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807023817
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Describes how Americans looking to protect their democracy from the Trump presidency can take their civic life to the next level and become enabled by innovative and inspiring strategies to organize and fight against the current crisis in government. --

Billionaire Democracy

Author: George Tyler
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1944648933
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This isn’t your America. No matter who the president is. We’re told that when we vote, when we elect representatives, we’re gaining a voice in government and the policies it implements. But if that’s true, why don’t American politics actually translate our preferences into higher-living standards for the majority of us? The answer is that, in America, the wealthy few have built a system that works in their favor, while maintaining the illusion of democracy. The reality is that the quality of democracy in the United States is lower than in any other rich democracy, on a par with nations such as Brazil or Turkey. In the US, voters have little influence on eventual policy outcomes engineered by lawmakers. Political scientists call it the income bias and attribute it to the power of wealthy donors who favor wage suppression and cuts to important government programs such as public education and consumer protection. It causes American lawmakers to compete to satisfy preferences of donors from the top one percent instead of the middle class. It’s also why our economy has been misfiring for most Americans for a generation, wages stagnating and opportunity dwindling. The election of Donald Trump shocked the world, but for many Americans, it came as a stark reflection of mounting frustrations with our current system and anger at the status quo. We need to find a way to fix the way our government serves us. The only realistic pathway to improve middle-class economics is for Congress and the Supreme Court to raise the quality of American democracy. In Billionaire Democracy: The Hijacking of the American Political System, economist George R. Tyler lays out the fundamental problems plaguing our democracy. He explains how the American democratic system is rigged and how it has eroded the middle class, providing an unflinching and honest comparison of the US government to peer democracies abroad. He also breaks down where we fall short and how other rich democracies avoid the income bias created by the overwhelming role of money in US politics. Finally, Tyler outlines practical campaign finance reforms we can adopt when we finally focus on improving the political responsiveness of our government. It’s time for the people of this nation to demand a government that properly serves us, the American people.

Remembering the German Democratic Republic

Author: D. Clarke
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230349692
Format: PDF
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Memories of and attitudes to the German Democratic Republic (GDR), or East Germany, within contemporary Germany are characterized by their variety and complexity, whilst the debate over how to remember the GDR tells us a lot about how Germans see themselves and their future. This volume provides a range of international perspectives.

sterreichische Schule f r Anleger

Author: Rahim Taghizadegan
Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
ISBN: 3862485951
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Auf den Finanzmärkten scheint der Wahnsinn zu regieren und auch viele Anleger werden von Wahn und Angst getrieben. Könnte alles falsch sein, was Sie über Vermögensanlage zu wissen glaubten? Die Ansätze der Österreichischen Schule bieten eine nötige Atempause für Anleger, die in inflationären Hamsterrädern gefangen sind. Konventionelle Anlageexperten übersehen oft wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen, die zur Gefahr für den Mainstreaminvestor werden können. Die Österreichische Schule der Ökonomie hingegen hat sich als unabhängiger Ansatz jenseits der Interessen von Politik und Banken bewährt. Das Finanzsystem steht vor einer großen Zerreißprobe. Dieses Buch weist Kleinsparern, professionellen Investoren und Vermögensberatern gleichermaßen neue Wege durch das finanzielle Erdbebengebiet zwischen den tektonischen Platten Inflation und Deflation. Die Autoren zeigen erstmalig, wie "Austrian Investing" in der Praxis funktioniert. Lernen Sie als Anleger, wie Sie die scheinbar komplexen und kaum durchschaubaren Zusammenhänge erkennen und davon profitieren können.

Party Development and Democratic Change in Post Communist Europe

Author: Paul G. Lewis
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714651552
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A range of countries are surveyed to throw light on these processes, and broad analysis conducted of the nature of conservatism in post-communist Europe and the role of transnational party co-operation in fostering processes of Europeanization."--Jacket.

Crime Justice and Social Democracy

Author: K. Carrington
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137008695
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This is a provocative collection of timely reflections on the state of social democracy and its inextricable links to crime and justice. Authored by some of the world's leading thinkers from the UK, US, Canada and Australia, the volume provides an understanding of socially sustainable societies.