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dc.contributor.advisorNoel, Hans
dc.creator
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-05T18:12:21Z
dc.date.available2019-07-05T18:12:21Z
dc.date.created2019
dc.date.issued
dc.date.submitted01/01/2019
dc.identifier.uri
dc.descriptionPh.D.
dc.description.abstractIn 2010, two U.S. court decisions enabled political groups to raise and spend money in unlimited amounts. These groups, called Super PACs, are known for the vast sums of money they spend in elections. However, less attention has been paid to the effects that these groups have had on the political party network. This dissertation addresses this disparity by searching for party behavior among Super PACs. It draws on an original qualitative dataset, a social network dataset pairing Super PACs with the candidates they support, and finally a dataset of Super PAC spending in federal elections from 2010 through 2016.
dc.description.abstractI find that “single race” groups, which spend money supporting one candidate for a single election, have steadily increased in frequency over time, and are now the most common type. Such groups exist only as an arm of the candidate they support. However, network analysis determined that party groups tend to be the most central. Finally, I found that party group aid was not sufficient to improve election outcomes, while overall group aid was an excellent predictor of a candidate’s electoral success.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation offers support for recent political party theory, particularly the extended party network, while exploring a heretofore understudied element of U.S. campaign finance.
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dc.format.extent154 leaves
dc.languageen
dc.publisherGeorgetown University
dc.sourceGeorgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
dc.sourceGovernment
dc.subject.lcshPolitical Science
dc.subject.otherPolitical science
dc.titleFollow the Party: Super PACs and the Political Party Network
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