WWS 403 Money and Influence in U.S. Policymaking

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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.