Electoral incentives in Congress / Jamie L. Carson and Joel Sievert.
- Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 
- Legislative politics & policy making.
Legislative politics & policy making
xiii, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Legislators -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
United States. Congress -- History -- 19th century.
United States. Congress -- Elections.
United States. Congress
- "David Mayhew's (1974) thesis regarding the "electoral connection" and its impact on legislative behavior has become the theoretical foundation for much of the existing research on the modern U.S. Congress. In its most basic form, Mayhew's theory contends that once in office, legislators pursue whatever actions put them in the best position to achieve reelection. The electoral connection has traditionally been considered a phenomenon of the post-World War II environment, but legislative scholars have begun to suggest that Mayhew's argument applies to politics in earlier congressional eras as well. To assess these disparate claims more systematically, Carson and Sievert investigate whether legislators in earlier historical eras were motivated by many of the same factors that influence their behavior today, especially with regard to the pursuit of reelection. In this respect, they examine the role of electoral incentives in shaping legislative behavior across a wide swath of the nineteenth century. This entails looking at patterns of turnover in Congress across this period, the politics underlying renomination of candidates, the changing role of parties in recruiting candidates to run and its broader effect on candidate competition, as well as electoral accountability across a variety of dimensions. The results have wide-ranging implications for the evolution of Congress and the development of various legislative institutions over time"-- Provided by publisher.
- Contemporary and historical evidence for an electoral connection
Unpacking the electoral connection
Candidates and competition in US House races, 1820-88
Nomination and turnover patterns in the US House
Ballots, election timing, and the personal vote
Electoral accountability in US House elections
Reevaluating electoral incentives in Congress.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Sievert, Joel, author.
- Other format:
- Online version: Carson, Jamie L. Electoral incentives in Congress.
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