Dissertation Writers: Should small states (in terms of population, such as Nevada) favor or oppose the Electoral College?
DISCUSSION QUESTION – CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
The role of money in campaigns has garnered much attention – in the media, in the courts, in our text, and in my lecture. What are your thoughts – in the context of the readings, lectures, and media – about campaign finance? In particular, should candidates be able to spend as they please? Should people be able to contribute as they please? Be sure to address the debate: while individuals should be “free” to contribute to campaigns, what about the equality issue that arises when certain people contribute much more to campaigns and thus are likely to have the “ear” of the elected official.
Applying the concepts discussed in this week’s readings and lecture, respond to the following:
1. Should small states (in terms of population, such as Nevada) favor or oppose the Electoral College? Should larger states (such as California) favor or oppose the Electoral College? Why? (Remember, this is not an opinion on your part – this should apply the concepts we’ve learned about the Electoral College itself).
2. Of the reform alternatives discussed (primarily in lecture),which appears to be the best solution — or, should the current system remain in place as is? Why? Be sure to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the alternative you choose.