527 Committees and the Political Party Network
42 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 9 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2009
We investigate the links between 527s and other political organizations through the employment histories of 527 staff. We find that 527s are highly central to modern political party networks and are in positions to facilitate coordination within a party and to employ key party personnel. Further, we find important differences between the networks charted out by the two major parties. The Republican Party, the majority party during the period under study, had a more hierarchical network than the Democratic Party did.
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