TITLE

Desirability and effects of campaign spending limits

AUTHOR(S)
Palda, Filip
PUB. DATE
June 1994
SOURCE
Crime, Law & Social Change;Jun94, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p295
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article measures the influence of campaign spending on incumbent and challenger votes in Canadian federal elections. The popular view is that restrictions on spending prevent rich candidates, and candidates with rich backers, from overwhelming weaker opponents. Limits protect electoral competition by levelling the playing field. As the Ontario Commission on Election Finances wrote, handicapping the electoral process to generate a more competitive race is beneficial for society because conflicting ideas are put forward in a balanced manner. It is not obvious why spending limits should help incumbents. Incumbents can raise more contributions on average than challengers. Whether one considers an entrenched house of incumbents bad depends on the view one takes of money in elections. A limit hinders competition if campaign spending sends useful information to voters. The potency of a particular candidate's campaign spending will depend on the spender and the context.
ACCESSION #
9501134816

 

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