Issue Politics in Congress (Paperback)

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Issue Politics in Congress (Paperback)

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Do representatives and senators respond to the critiques raised by their challengers? This study, exploring how legislators' experiences as candidates shape their subsequent behavior as policymakers, demonstrates that winning legislators regularly take up their challengers' priority issues from the last campaign and act on them. This attentiveness to their challengers' issues reflects a widespread and systematic yet largely unrecognized mode of responsiveness in the U.S. Congress. Tracy Sulkin reveals the important benefits for these legislators as well as the health and legitimacy of the representative process.

Product Details ISBN: 9780521671323
ISBN-10: 0521671329
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2005
Pages: 222
Language: English