Studies in Public Choice

Stifling Political Competition

How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties

Authors: Bennett, James T.

  • Offers provocative arguments concerning the dynamics of party politics; includes practical recommendations for reform
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Stifling Political Competition synthesizes political science, economics, and history to demonstrate how the two-party system is the artificial creation of a network of laws, restrictions, and subsidies that favor the Democrats and Republicans and cripple potential challengers, depriving voters of truly vigorous political debate. Daring in its criticism of the current state of affairs and provocative in its calls for radical reform, Stifling Political Competition is a timely and important contribution to any discussion of the impact of party politics and the prospects for achieving effective representation.

 

Stifling Political Competition is a carefully researched and highly readable book that shows how federal, state, and local governments have enacted laws, regulations, and subsidies that discriminate in favor of the Democratic and Republican parties and virtually prohibit challenges by independent parties and candidates. The unfortunate result is limited choice in the political arena. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in political competition and public policy.

Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

 

Finally, a book that exposes the reality that U.S. elections are substantially less free and less meaningful than elections in most other developed nations. Professor Bennett, an economist, has given us a book that should have emerged long ago from the ranks of political scientists. Stifling Political Competition is an interesting and very well-written study full of insights into the election process.

Richard Winger, Editor, Ballot Access News

 

In Stifling Political Competition, James Bennett combines a detailed historical analysis of the rise of the two party system with the insights of the public choice school of economics to explain how the American people are ill-served by laws that limit their choices at the ballot box. Every American looking for ways to increase voter participation and open up the political process to all points of view should read this important book."

Norman Kirk Singleton, Legislative Director, Congressman Ron Paul

 

James T. Bennett is Eminent Scholar and William P. Snavely Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at George Mason University and Director of The John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and over a dozen books, including From Pathology to Politics, Unhealthy Charities, and The Politics of American Feminism.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This work provides a much needed, long overdue, and extremely timely analysis of the current US two-party political system … . overall, I found the writing style to be enjoyable and very entertaining … . I recommend this book to anyone interested in studying and understanding the costs and unintended consequences of Stifling Political Competition.” (Claudia R. Williamson, Public Choice, Vol. 141, 2009)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 1-4

  • The American Suspicion of Parties

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 5-22

  • No Competition Allowed or He Who Controls the Ballot Controls the Election

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 23-55

  • Then Along Came FECA…

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 57-77

  • FECA: The Demopublicans’ Best Friend

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 79-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stifling Political Competition
Book Subtitle
How Government Has Rigged the System to Benefit Demopublicans and Exclude Third Parties
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Public Choice
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09821-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09821-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-09820-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1891-8
Series ISSN
0924-4700
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 144
Topics