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The Politics of Congressional Elections

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Jacobson and Carson provide students with a comprehensive introduction to congressional elections and the electoral process. The ... Weiterlesen
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Jacobson and Carson provide students with a comprehensive introduction to congressional elections and the electoral process. The tenth edition offers an engaging examination of congressional candidates, campaigns, and elections by incorporating coverage of the most recent elections and the changing roles of voters, incumbents, challengers, and campaign contributions. It examines the first two years of the Trump presidency and its impact on the 2018 midterms with respect to the large number of female candidates running for office and the enormous amounts of money spent by challengers. This edition also highlights the referendum narrative underlying the election in response to behavior and events in the Trump administration. By pairing historical data analysis and original research with fundamental concepts of representation and responsibility, The Politics of Congressional Elections presents students with the tools to evaluate representative government, as well as their own role in the electoral process.


By Gary C. Jacobson and Jamie L. Carson


Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. The Context The Constitutional Framework Congressional Districts Partisan Gerrymandering Redistricting between Censuses Racial Gerrymandering Bipartisan Gerrymanders The Republican Advantage in House Districts States as Electoral Units Election Laws Political Parties Social and Political Contexts Conclusion 3. Congressional Candidates The Incumbency Factor Measuring the Value of Incumbency The Vanishing Marginals Sources of the Incumbency Advantage The Institutional Characteristics of Congress Changes in Voting Behavior Constituency Service The Variability of the Incumbency Advantage Discouraging the Opposition Money in Congressional Elections The Connection between Money and Success Why Campaign Money Is More Important to Challengers Than to Incumbents The Career in the District Motivating Challengers 4. Congressional Campaigns Campaign Money Contributions to Candidates PACs PACs and the Pivotal 1994 Election Party Money Contributions from Other Members of Congress Self-Financing by Candidate Fund-Raising Tactics and Donors Independent, Voter-Education, and Issue-Advocacy Campaigns Campaign Organizations Campaign Strategies Campaign Media Personal Campaigning Campaign Messages Challengers' Campaigns Going Negative Incumbents' Campaigns Candidates for Open Seats Senate Campaigns Manipulating Turnout Conclusion 5. Congressional Voters Turnout in Congressional Elections Who Votes? Partisanship in Congressional Elections Alternative Interpretations of Party Identification Partisanship and Voting Partisanship and Incumbency Information and Voting Recall and Recognition of Candidates Contacting Voters Changing Evaluations of Incumbents Issues in Congressional Elections 6. National Politics and Congressional Elections Political Interpretations of Congressional Elections Models of Aggregate Congressional Election Results Presidential Coattails National Conditions and Strategic Politics Campaign Themes House Elections, 1992-2014 1992-2000 2002-2010 2012 and 2014 Senate Elections, 1992-2014 1992-2000 2002-2010 2012 and 2014 Conclusion 7. Elections, Representation, and the Politics of Congress Representation Policy Congruence The Changing Relationship between Constituencies and Roll-Call Votes Constituents, Interests, and Causes Representation by Referendum Descriptive Representation Policy Consequences Particularism Serving the Organized Responsiveness without Responsibility The Congressional Parties: Decline and Revival The Revival of Party Cohesion, 1980-2014 Ideological Polarization in Congress and the Electorate Polarization in Presidential Support Party Polarization: The Electoral Connection Diverging Electoral Constituencies Chicken or Egg? The Downside of Strong Party Government The Public's Evaluations of Congress Reforming Congress Term Limits 2016 and Beyond: Geography and Demography Bibliography Index


Titel: The Politics of Congressional Elections
EAN: 9781538123423
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 376
Veröffentlichung: 02.10.2019
Dateigrösse: 13.9 MB