How Do Campaign Spending Limits Affect Elections? Evidence from the United Kingdom 1885–2019

@article{Fouirnaies2020HowDC,
  title={How Do Campaign Spending Limits Affect Elections? Evidence from the United Kingdom 1885–2019},
  author={Alexander Fouirnaies},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2020},
  volume={115},
  pages={395 - 411}
}
In more than half of the democratic countries in the world, candidates face legal constraints on how much money they can spend on their electoral campaigns, yet we know little about the consequences of these restrictions. I study how spending limits affect UK House of Commons elections. I contribute new data on the more than 70,000 candidates who ran for a parliamentary seat from 1885 to 2019, and I document how much money each candidate spent, how they allocated their resources across… Expand
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