The Politics of Congressional Elections (Longman Classics in Political Science)

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Among the new class of inductees into the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, this completely revised and updated edition continues to offer readers an authoritative and engaging account of what goes on in congressional elections. Bringing everything up-to-date, this Sixth Edition of Gary Jacobson's classic work analyzes recent electoral trends in Congress and demonstrates how electoral politics reflect and shape other basic components of our political system.

Table of Contents

The Context
The Constitutional Framework
Congressional Districts
Partisan Gerrymandering
Racial Gerrymandering
States as Electoral Units
Election Laws
Political Parties
Social and Political Contexts
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
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
舠Voter Education舡 and 舠Issue Advocacy舡 Campaigns
Concluding Observations
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
National Politics and Congressional Elections
Political Interpretations of Congressional Elections
Models of Aggregate Congressional Election Results
Presidential CoattailsNational 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, 1980-1998Senate Elections, 1980-1998
Elections and the Politics of Congress
The Congressional Parties
The Committee Systems
Making PolicyParticularism
Serving the Organized
Doing the Right Thing
Building Coalitions
The Budgetary Process
Representation, Responsibility, Impeachment Politics, and the Future of Congressional Elections
Policy Congruence
Beyond Policy Congruence
Descriptive Representation
Responsiveness without Responsibility
The Revival of Party Cohesion
Ideological Polarization in Congress and the ElectorateParty 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
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