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Author Fenno, Richard F., 1926-2020.
Title Senators on the campaign trail : the politics of representation / by Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
Imprint Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.

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Author Fenno, Richard F., 1926-2020.
Series The Julian J. Rothbaum distinguished lecture series ; v. 6
Julian J. Rothbaum distinguished lecture series ; v. 6.
Subject United States. Congress. Senate -- Elections -- Case studies.
Political campaigns -- United States -- Case studies.
Legislators -- United States -- Case studies.
Representative government and representation -- United States -- Case studies.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 375 pages) : maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-362) and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary This is a book about the politics of representative democracy, written from the perspective of the politicians who make it work. Typically, political scientists study campaigns from the perspective of the voter and for the purpose of explaining election outcomes. But campaigns also need to be studied from the perspective of the candidate, for the purpose of understanding representation. Richard F. Fenno, Jr., traveled with ten U.S. senators as they campaigned in their home states - using what he calls the "drop in/drop out, tag along/hang around" method of research - to present a developmental picture of their activities. His focus here is on three such activities - pursuing a career, campaigning for office, and building constituency connections. Taken together, the three constitute the political underpinnings of representative democracy. In its focus on the process of representative democracy, Senators on the Campaign Trail offers a rich, rounded, developmental view of some high-level individuals who work at the business of representation. For scholars, the book suggests some qualitative confirmation and added stimulation in forging generalizations about politicians. For citizens, the book argues for replacing the conventional blanket condemnation of our politicians, so prevalent today, with more discriminating judgments about what they do, and why and to what purpose they do it.
Contents Prepolitical careers -- Political careers -- Primary challenger campaigns -- A sequence of campaigns -- A candidate and a campaign I and II -- Durable connections I and II.
ISBN 0585100551 (electronic bk.)
9780585100555 (electronic bk.)
0806128275 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 44961977
Additional Format Print version: Fenno, Richard F., 1926- Senators on the campaign trail. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 0806128275 (DLC) 95042282 (OCoLC)33281717

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