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Justice - Lecture 22

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Lecture 22 - Political Equality and Campaign Finance

- Do you think that the current system of electoral finance in the United States violates a right of citizens to equal standing in the political system?
- Do you agree with the Court majority that limits on political expenditures impose more burdensome restrictions on liberty than limits on political contributions?
- Do you think that campaign finance reforms that limited expenditures of money on political campaigns would help to equalize access to the political arena and enhance the voice of less wealthy citizens - i.e., increase the worth of their political liberty?
- Suppose the reforms would equalize access: do we then have sufficient reason to support the restrictions on liberty that they imply? Is it important to "level the playing field," and equalize opportunities for effective political influence?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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