Campaign Finance Complexity: Before Campaigning Retain an Attorney

Author
David L. Wiltse
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
134
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2019
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
In the study of candidate emergence, the cost term in the utility calculus has been of central concern. In this book, Mary Jo McGowan Shepherd makes a valuable contribution to the study of candidate emergence and campaign finance by considering how legal complexity increases the cost term in the emergence calculus. Grounded in complexity theory, she employs complexity measures of entire sections of state campaign finance laws to test whether candidates are deterred from running for office by the costs incurred in learning and complying with campaign finance law.
Topic
International Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus