Norway Leads Way on Campaign Finance Reform
The author highlights how growing frustration and unease with the money being spent on election campaigning in the United States is focusing attention on Norway, where elections are comparatively much less expensive and less influenced by private interests.
It argues that while in the US campaign finance laws focus on limiting the amount of contributions by political donors, Norway focuses on limiting overall spending by politicians and political parties by banning political advertising on television and radio, as well legally 'defining' the length of election campaigns. In addition, Norway provides generous public funding of electoral campaigning.
This relatively straightforward approach to controlling campaign spending, the author argues, has meant Norway has avoided the growing democratic disconnect that US voters are experiencing as a result of eroding public confidence in the electoral system there.
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