Reforming State Legislative Elections

Reforming State Legislative Elections : Creating a New Dynamic

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When it comes to legislative elections, entrenched incumbents typically face little competition, and excessive campaign spending often corrupts the democratic process. At the state level, a wide range of fixes have been introduced to remedy these problems - but do they actually make a difference? William Salka's comprehensive analysis of election dynamics in 49 states provides a thoughtful look at what legislatures should, and should not, do in pursuit of effective electoral reform.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 215 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 18mm | 480.81g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1588266915
  • 9781588266910

Review quote

"Extremely well organized and a joy to read.... This book takes the scholarship on state-level election reform in exactly the direction it needs to go." - Caroline J. Tolbert, University of Iowa "A careful, systematic analysis of campaign spending and competition across state legislatures, combined with a thoughtful discussion of the strengths and limitations of paths to reform.... Salka's study has the potential to influence important policy debates." - Eric Zeemering, San Francisco State University"show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Legislative Elections in the States. The Dynamics of Campaign Funding and Competition. Curbing Spending. Enhancing Competition. Reassessing the Options for Reform.show more

About William M. Salka

William M. Salka is associate professor of political science at Eastern Connecticut State University.show more