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Game Changers – Book Discussion by Henrik Schatzinger and Steven Martin

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This is a book discussion by two Ripon College faculty members, Prof. Henrik Schatzinger (Politics and Government) and Prof. Steven Martin (Communication), about their new publication “Game Changers – How Dark Money and Super PACs are Transforming U.S. Campaigns.”

The first book of its kind to provide an accessible overview of the changes Citizens United brought to political campaigns and political representation, it combines rigorous academic research with many examples of ongoing trends from the campaign trail. The book makes the case that Super PACs and dark money groups qualify as game changers of political campaigns not only because of what these groups can do independently from candidates and their increasing ability to match or even exceed candidates’ financial resources, but because their actions influence the political incentives and strategies of candidates and political parties.

The book also points out evidence that those changes go beyond campaigns—they affect how legislators represent their constituents; how donors put pressure on lawmakers to adopt certain legislation after outside groups supported them; how the regulatory environment can benefit donors as a result of actions taken by federal agencies to repeal or dismantle existing laws; and how extreme positions by politicians can be incentivized and progress stalled when megadonors and outside groups reward political ideologues.

The discussion is sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People.


February 26
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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