Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Diana Evans


This thesis analyzes the effects of public funding on state legislative elections in Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, and Minnesota for the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. in order to answer the research questions: “ Among the states that provide full public funding for their legislative candidates, which state is most successfully able to provide public funding programs that incentivize their state legislative candidates to accept the limitations of their public financing laws?” and “Which state has the most competitive elections among major party legislative candidates who accept public funding for their campaigns?”


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.