WWS 403 Money and Influence in U.S. Policymaking



This seminar examines campaign finance and lobbying.  The apparent influence of campaign contributions and interest group lobbying on the political process is frequently cited as a prima facie case for radical reform. However, such reforms often fail to achieve their intended aims because they lack a nuanced understanding of the reasons why and mechanisms through which money and lobbying influence policy outcomes. The goal of this seminar is to gain that understanding.