Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GWorks Interviews: Richard L. Hasen

In this four-part interview, Richard L. Hasen discusses understanding the Supreme Court, especially through election law and the problem of money in politics. Mr Hasen is the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and author of the new book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections (Yale University Press, 12 January 2016).


“It’s really a fundamental divide between two different world views over what the effects of money in politics are and what the biggest risk is. So to conservatives, the biggest risk is censorship and squelching political speech. To the liberals, the concerns are, I think, both corruption and domination of the process by wealthy individuals and corporations.”