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The Politics of Congressional Elections (Classics in Political Science Series) / Edition 6
     

The Politics of Congressional Elections (Classics in Political Science Series) / Edition 6

by Gary C. Jacobson, Morris P. Fiorina, David W. Brady
 

ISBN-10: 0321100409

ISBN-13: 9780321100405

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: Longman

Jacobson, Gary C., The Politics of Congressional Elections, 5th Edition*\ Jacobson's classic work offers readers a systematic and engaging account of what goes on in congressional elections and demonstrates how electoral politics reflect and shape other basic components of our political system. The Fifth Edition brings everything up to date through the 1998

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Jacobson, Gary C., The Politics of Congressional Elections, 5th Edition*\ Jacobson's classic work offers readers a systematic and engaging account of what goes on in congressional elections and demonstrates how electoral politics reflect and shape other basic components of our political system. The Fifth Edition brings everything up to date through the 1998 elections, analyzing new electoral trends that have appeared in the 1990s-including the Republicans' rise to majority status and their current precarious hold on Congress-while also offering a thorough consideration of impeachment politics in 1998 and 1999. For those interested in Political Campaigning and voting and elections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321100405
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Longman Classics Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. The Context.
The Constitutional Framework.
Congressional Districts.
Partisan Gerrymandering.
Racial Gerrymandering.
States as Electoral Units.
Election Laws.
Political Parties.
Social and Political Contexts.

3. Congressional Candidates.
The Incumbency Factor.
Measuring the Value of Incumbency.
The Vanishing Marginals.
Sources of the Incumbency Advantage.
The Institutional Characteristics of Congress.
Changes in Voting Behavior.
Constituency Service.
The Variability of the Incumbency Advantage.
Discouraging the Opposition.
Money in Congressional Elections.
The Connection Between Money and Success.
Why Campaign Money Is More Important to Challengers.
The Career in the District.
Motivating Challengers.

4. Congressional Campaigns.
Campaign Money.
Political Action Committees.
Party Money.
Self-Financing by Candidates.
Fundraising Tactics.
Campaign Organizations.
Campaign Strategies.
Campaign Media.
Personal Campaigning.
Campaign Messages.
Challengers' Campaigns.
Going Negative.
Incumbents' Campaigns.
Candidates for Open Seats.
Senate Campaigns.
“Voter Education” and “Issue Advocacy” Campaigns.
Concluding Observations.

5. Congressional Voters.
Turnout in Congressional Elections.
Partisanship in Congressional Elections.
Alternative Interpretations of Party Identification.
Partisanship and Voting.
Information and Voting.
Recall and Recognition of Candidates.
Contacting Voters.
The Effects of Campaign Spending.
Models of Voting Behavior.
Evaluating Incumbents.
Winning Challengers.
Issues in Congressional Elections.

6. National Politics and Congressional Elections.
Political Interpretations of Congressional Elections.
Models of Aggregate Congressional Election Results.
Presidential Coattails.
National Conditions and Strategic Politics.
Campaign Themes.
House Elections, 1980-1998.
The Clinton Problem.
Nationalizing the Vote.
The Campaigns.
The Scandal and the Campaigns.
House Election Patterns, 1980-1998.
Senate Elections, 1980-1998.

7. Elections and the Politics of Congress.
The Congressional Parties.
The Committee Systems.
Making Policy.
Particularism.
Serving the Organized.
Immobility.
Symbolism.
Doing the Right Thing.
Building Coalitions.
The Budgetary Process.

8. Representation, Responsibility, Impeachment Politics, and the Future of Congressional Elections.
Representation.
Policy Congruence.
Beyond Policy Congruence.
Descriptive Representation.
Responsiveness without Responsibility.
The Revival of Party Cohesion.
Ideological Polarization in Congress and the Electorate.
Party Polarization: The Electoral Connection.
Diverging Electoral Constituencies.
Chicken or Egg?
Party Polarization and the Politics of Impeachment.
Divided Government in the 1990s.
Reforming Congress.
Term Limits.
The Public's Evaluation of Congress.
Toward the Millennium.

Bibliography.

Index.

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