Reassessing the Incumbency Effect

Reassessing the Incumbency Effect

by Jeffrey M. Stonecash

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Reassessing the Incumbency Effect by Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Incumbents in the US House of Representatives have increased their vote percentages in recent decades, raising questions about the efficacy of elections in making members responsive. The evidence, however, indicates there has been no improvement in the electoral fortunes of incumbents in the last 50 years. Only Republicans have improved their electoral fortunes as a result of realignment. This valuable book provides a very different interpretation of how incumbents have fared in recent decades, and the interpretation is supported by non-technical data analysis and presentation.

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ISBN-13: 9780511737220
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Stonecash is Maxwell Professor in the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He researches political parties, changes in their electoral bases, and how these changes affect political polarization and public policy debates. His recent books are Class and Party in American Politics (2000), Diverging Parties (2002), Political Polling (2003), Parties Matter (2005), and Split: Class and Cultural Divisions in American Politics (2007). He is now working with Mark Brewer on a book about the dynamics of party realignment since 1900. He has done polling and consulting for political candidates since 1985.

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