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Congressional Primaries and the Politics of Representation explores the ways in which congressional primary elections appear to be changing in the face of electoral and congressional politics. The prominent contributors examine how primary elections influence the types of candidates who run, the support they receive, the positions they take, the resources they spend, the media coverage they receive, and the type of party nominees that prevail. All of these factors have significant implications for congressional general elections, the political parties, interest groups, and the day-to-day representation of constituents by congressional incumbents.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Nomination Politics and Congressional Representation Chapter 3 Congressional Primaries in Historical and Theoretical Context Chapter 4 Primary Elections as a Deterrence to Candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives Chapter 5 The Benefits and Burdens of Congressional Primary Elections Chapter 6 Campaign Finance in U.S. House Primary and General Elections Chapter 7 Elections and Amateurs: The Christian Right in the 1988 Congressional Campaigns Chapter 8 The Polarizing Effects of Congressional Primaries Chapter 9 The Effects of Electoral Rules on Congressional Primaries Chapter 10 Explaining the Ideological Differences Between the Two U.S. Senators Elected from the Same State: An Institutional Effects Model Chapter 11 California's Experience with the Blanket Primary