Mandate Politics

Mandate Politics

by Lawrence J. Grossback, David A. M. Peterson, James A. Stimson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107407133

ISBN-13: 9781107407138

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Whether or not voters consciously use their votes to send messages about their preferences for public policy, the Washington community sometimes comes to believe that it has heard such a message. In this 2006 book the authors ask 'What then happens?' They focus on these perceived mandates - where they come from and how they alter the behaviors of members of

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Whether or not voters consciously use their votes to send messages about their preferences for public policy, the Washington community sometimes comes to believe that it has heard such a message. In this 2006 book the authors ask 'What then happens?' They focus on these perceived mandates - where they come from and how they alter the behaviors of members of Congress, the media, and voters. These events are rare. Only three elections in post-war America (1964, 1980 and 1994) were declared mandates by the media consensus. These declarations, however, had a profound if ephemeral impact on members of Congress. They altered the fundamental gridlock that prevents Congress from adopting major policy changes. The responses by members of Congress to these three elections are responsible for many of the defining policies of this era. Despite their infrequency, then, mandates are important to the face of public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107407138
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
A Single Time in a Single Place     1
Mandates as Social Constructions     14
The Study of Mandates     17
Telling the Larger Story of Mandate Politics     24
The Evolution of Mandates     27
The Media Spin: On the Declaration of Mandates     27
Before the Election     34
Election Night     35
The Buildup to Taking Office     52
Members of Congress Respond     63
Mandated Congresses?     65
Setting up a Test     77
Modeling Mandates     84
Who Responds to Mandates?     87
Duration of Mandates     90
Members and the Mandate Signal     102
The Pattern of Congressional Response     106
Congress in the Aggregate     107
Pivotal Politics     114
Movement Back toward Equilibrium: A Longer View     124
Consequences     131
Institutional Politics     131
Turning the Mandate Off     144
Mandates and the Flow of Public Policy     154
Appendix     157
The Irresistible Meets the Unmovable     161
The Return to Normal Politics     161
The Subsequent Election     166
Conclusion: A Mandate View of Normal American Politics     179
The 2004 Mandate?     179
Thinking About Normal     183
The Efficiency of Democracy     183
Dramatic Beginnings     186
Elections in America: A Reinterpretation     187
The Democratic Dilemma of Mandates     189
Bibliography     195
Index     199

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