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Author Sulkin, Tracy.
Title The legislative legacy of congressional campaigns / Tracy Sulkin.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Author Sulkin, Tracy.
Subject Legislators -- Professional relationships -- United States.
Political campaigns -- United States.
Political planning -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (x, 221 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Summary "Do members of Congress follow through on the appeals they make in campaigns? The answer to this question lies at the heart of assessments of democratic legitimacy. This study demonstrates that, contrary to the conventional wisdom that candidates appeals are just cheap talk, campaigns actually have a lasting legacy in the content of representatives and senators behavior in office. Legislators face clear incentives to offer sincere claims in their campaigns, so their appeals often serve as good signals about the issues they will pursue in Congress. Levels of promise-keeping vary in a systematic fashion across legislators, across types of activity, across time, and across chamber. Moreover, legislators, responsiveness to their appeals shapes their future electoral fortunes and career choices, and their activity on their campaign themes leaves a tangible trace in public policy outputs. Understanding the dynamics of promise-keeping thus has important implications for our evaluations of the quality of campaigns and the strength of representation in the United States"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Promises to keep? -- 2. Campaigns as signals -- 3. Campaign appeals and legislative activity -- 4. Mechanisms underlying promise keeping -- 5. Promise making and promise keeping on defense and environmental issues -- 6. The who, when, and where of follow-through -- 7. The electoral implications of promise keeping -- 8. Promises and policy making -- 9. Representation, responsiveness, and the electoral connection.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139077187 (electronic bk.)
113907718X (electronic bk.)
9780511973734 (electronic bk.)
051197373X (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 727951974
Additional Format Print version: Sulkin, Tracy. Legislative legacy of congressional campaigns. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9780521514491 (DLC) 2010040153 (OCoLC)664842431

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