Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998 / Edition 1

Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998 / Edition 1

by Richard F. Fenno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807848557

ISBN-13: 9780807848555

Pub. Date: 04/12/2000

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

However much politicians are demeaned and denounced in modern American society, our democracy could not work without them. For this reason, says Richard Fenno, their activities warrant our attention. In his pioneering book, Home Style, Fenno demonstrated that a close look at politicians at work in their districts can tell us a great deal about the process of

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However much politicians are demeaned and denounced in modern American society, our democracy could not work without them. For this reason, says Richard Fenno, their activities warrant our attention. In his pioneering book, Home Style, Fenno demonstrated that a close look at politicians at work in their districts can tell us a great deal about the process of representation. Here, Fenno employs a similarly revealing grassroots approach to explore how patterns of representation have changed in recent decades.

Fenno focuses on two members of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented the same west-central Georgia district at different times: Jack Flynt, who served from the 1950s to the 1970s, and Mac Collins, who has held the seat in the 1990s. His on-the-scene observation of their differing representational styles—Flynt focuses on people, Collins on policy—reveals the ways in which social and demographic changes inspire shifts in representational strategies.

More than a study of representational change in one district, Congress at the Grassroots also helps illuminate the larger subject of political change in the South and in the nation as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807848555
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/12/2000
Edition description:
1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,046,401
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
1. Political Representation
2. Jack Flynt, 1970-1972: A Person-Intensive Strategy
3. Jack Flynt, 1972-1976: Change and Challenge
4. Mac Collins, 1996-1998: A Policy-Intensive Strategy
5. Mac Collins and Connections: Policy, Personal, Party
Conclusion
Notes
Index

Maps

1. Flynt's Original District, 1954-1964 (Georgia's Fourth Congressional District)
2. Flynt's Transitional District, 1966-1970 (Georgia's Sixth Congressional District)
3. Flynt's New District, 1972-1976 (Georgia's Sixth Congressional District)
4. Collins's Original District, 1992-1994 (Georgia's Third Congressional District)
5. Collins's New District, 1996-present (Georgia's Third Congressional District)

Tables

1. Flynt District Engagements, January 1973-May 1974
2. Georgia Sixth District Vote, 1974, by County
3. Flynt Rankings of Campaign Activities, 1976
4. Flynt County Strengths, 1976
5. Flynt Predictions and Election Results, 1976

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