Issue Politics in Congress / Edition 1

Issue Politics in Congress / Edition 1

by Tracy Sulkin
     
 

According to Sulkin (political science and speech communication, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), upon winning campaigns for office, US legislators frequently take up and act on their electoral challengers' priority issues from the last campaign, a phenomenon he calls "issue uptake." He investigates the dynamics of issue uptake, putting forward a theory for why it… See more details below

Overview

According to Sulkin (political science and speech communication, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), upon winning campaigns for office, US legislators frequently take up and act on their electoral challengers' priority issues from the last campaign, a phenomenon he calls "issue uptake." He investigates the dynamics of issue uptake, putting forward a theory for why it occurs. He explains variation in uptake levels in terms of electoral vulnerability and in terms of institutional differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives, and also discusses variation in uptake over time. Finally he addresses the policy implications of issue uptake. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671323
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1Electoral challenges and legislative responsiveness1
2A theory of issue uptake19
3The nature of campaign and legislative agendas43
4Assessing uptake71
5Who responds? : explaining individual variation in uptake89
6Patterns of responsiveness in Congress114
7The electoral impacts of uptake128
8Uptake and public policy150
9Elections, governance, and representation167

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