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The Appearance of CorruptionTesting the Supreme Court's Assumptions about Campaign Finance Reform$
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Daron R. Shaw, Brian E. Roberts, and Mijeong Baek

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197548417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197548417.001.0001

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The Appearance of Corruption

The Appearance of Corruption

An Introduction

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Daron R. Shaw

Brian E. Roberts

Mijeong Baek

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 describes the Supreme Court’s reasoning on campaign finance regulation, free speech, and political campaigns and then offers a chapter-by-chapter plan for testing the key assumptions underlying the Court’s reasoning. The behavioral model of the Buckley v. Valeo (1976) links individuals’ perceptions of corruption to their decisions to participate politically, hypothesizing that the greater an individual’s perception of corruption the less likely that person is to participate in the political process (e.g., vote) because of an erosion of trust in government. Based on these assumptions, the Court accepts the mitigation of corruption as the (lone) compelling state interest for limits on money in politics. Chapter 1 outlines how the authors will empirically explore the behavioral model posited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision.

Keywords:   campaign finance laws, corruption, political participation, trust in government, Buckley v. Valeo (1976), Citizens United (2010), campaign spending, campaign contribution, Supreme Court, 1st Amendment speech rights

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