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Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time
by Jamie L Carson and Jason M Roberts
University of Michigan Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-472-11864-9 | Paper: 978-0-472-03586-1 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02895-5
Library of Congress Classification JK1976.C37 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.973

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In Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform, Jamie L. Carson and Jason M. Roberts present an original study of U.S. congressional elections and electoral institutions for 1872-1944 from a contemporary political science perspective. Using data on late nineteenth and early twentieth century congressional elections, the authors test the applicability in a historical context of modern political science theories, assess the effects of institutional reforms, and identify the factors that shape the competitiveness of elections. They present several key findings: the strategic politicians theory is applicable in an era without candidate-centered campaigns; there was an incumbency advantage prior to the full development of candidate-centered campaigns; institutional reforms have had a significant effect on elections; and the degree of electoral competition frequently correlates with elected officials' responsiveness to citizens.

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