Boatright's research focuses on the effects of campaign and election laws on the behavior of politicians and interest groups, with a particular focus on primary elections and campaign finance laws and practices. He is a Professor of Political Science at Clark University and the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.
Boatright is the author or editor of seven books, including Getting Primaried: The Causes and Consequences of Congressional Primary Challenges (University of Michigan Press, 2013); Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada (University of Michigan Press, 2011); and the edited volumes The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws (University of Michigan Press, 2016) and the Routledge Handbook of Primary Elections (2018). He received a PhD from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Carleton College.
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Seeks to reconcile the activities of several of the groups organized during the 2004 election cycle under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code with existing theories of party and interest group behavior. While 527 groups have frequently been categorized as extensions of traditional advocacy groups or party networks, Boatright argues that existing theories do not account for the functional differentiation between these groups.