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La Raja, Raymond J., and Brian Schaffner. 2015Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

La Raja, Raymond J. and David L. Wiltse. Forthcoming. "Money that Draws No Interest: Public Financing of Legislative Elections and Candidate Emergence."  Election Law Review. Download (pdf) (262.33 KB)

La Raja, Raymond J. 2015.  "Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections: Institutionalizing a Broken Regulatory System".  The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, Vol 12, Issue 4. Download (pdf) (744.63 KB)

Desmarais, Bruce, Raymond J. La Raja, and Michael S. Kowal. 2014.  "The Fates of Challengers in US House Elections: The Role of Extended Party Networks in Supporting Candidates and Shaping Electoral Outcomes." American Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.1111/ajps.12106. Download (pdf) (3.53 MB)  Winner of the 2015 Jack Walker Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association.

La Raja, Raymond J.  2014.  “Political Participation and Civic Courage: The Negative Effect of Transparency on Making Small Campaign Contributions.” Political Behavior 36(4): 753-776. Download (pdf) (649.62 KB)

La Raja, Raymond J. and Brian Schaffner. 2014. "The Effects of Campaign Finance Spending Bans on Electoral Outcomes: Evidence From the States about the Potential Impact of Citizens United v. FEC."  Electoral Studies 33:102-14. Download (pdf) (528.15 KB)

La Raja, Raymond J.  2014.  “Campaign Finance and Partisan Polarization in the United States Congress.” Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy  9(2): 223-258. Download (pdf)

La Raja, Raymond J.  2013. "Richer Parties, Better Politics? Party-Centered Campaign Finance Laws and American Democracy." The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 11(3): 313-338. Download (pdf) (1.22 MB)

La Raja, Raymond J.  2013. "Why Super PACs: How the American Party System Outgrew the Campaign Finance System". The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics 10(4): 91-104. Download (pdf) (1.25 MB)

La Raja, Raymond J. Editor. 2013.  New Directions in American Politics.  New York: Routledge.

La Raja, Raymond J., and David L. Wiltse. 2012.  Don’t Blame Donors for Ideological Polarization of Political Parties: Ideological Change and Stability Among Political Contributors, 1972-2008.   American Politics Research. Download (pdf) (516.99 KB)

La Raja, Raymond J., and Brian Schaffner. 2011. “Explaining the Unpopularity of Public Funding for Congressional Elections. Electoral Studies

La Raja, Raymond J. 2009. "Redistricting: Reading Between the Lines." Annual Review of Political Science 12 (1): 203-23.

La Raja, Raymond J. 2008.  Small Change: Money, Political Parties and Campaign Finance Reform, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

La Raja, Raymond J. 2008. “From Bad to Worse: The Unraveling of the Campaign Finance System,” The Forum 6 (1): Article 2.

La Raja, Raymond J. 2007. “Sunshine Laws and the Press: The Effect of Campaign Disclosure on News Reporting in the American States,” Election Law Journal 6(3): 236-250.

Apollonio, D. E. and Raymond J. La Raja. 2006. “Term Limits, Campaign Contributions, and the Distribution of Power in State Legislatures.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 31(2): 259-281.

La Raja, Raymond J. 2005. “Will the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act Strengthen the Political System? Negative: BCRA is Not Improving the Political System,” (Point/Counterpoint), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 24 (3): 604-610.

Apollonio, D. E. and Raymond J. La Raja. 2004. “Who Gave Soft Money? The Effect of Interest Group Resources on Political Contributions.” The Journal of Politics 66(4): 1159-1179.

La Raja, Raymond J. 2004. “Breaking Up the Party: How McConnell Downsizes Partisan Campaigns,” Election Law Journal 3(2): 271-76.