Senate Elections

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Overview

Why does the U.S. House of Representatives remain in Democratic hands regardless of the prevailing political climate, while the Senate shifts back and forth? Why are voters more likely to vote for House incumbents than Senate incumbents, regardless of partisanship? Alan I. Abramowitz and Jeffrey A. Segal present a compelling case that Senate elections have become much more competitive than House elections and thus the Senate has become more responsive to shifts in the national political climate than has the House. The authors employ sophisticated methods of analysis to evaluate the impact of such factors as the history of the form and function of the Senate; attitudes and behavior of voters in Senate elections; the state of the economy; the popularity of incumbent candidates; campaign spending; and television advertising. The authors show that the uncertain electoral environment faced by Senate candidates has contributed to a more consensual style of leadership and a relatively stronger sense of collective responsibility for policy outcomes. The book presents original research that explores issues central to the way the Senate functions and to its influence on the American political system. Senate Elections will be of special interest to those who study congressional elections and American politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472103454
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Voters in U.S. Senate Elections 27
3 Primary Elections 49
4 Explaining Senate Election Outcomes 93
5 Money in Senate Elections: Who Gives It and Who Gets It? 123
6 Incumbent Winners in Senate Campaigns in the Television Age 145
7 Incumbent Losers in Senate Campaigns in the Television Age 185
8 Conclusions: Senate Elections, Senate Politics, and Electoral Accountability 227
Appendix A 243
Appendix B 244
Appendix C 246
Index 247
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