Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability by R. Douglas Arnold
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Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability

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Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability by R. Douglas Arnold

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2005.

Book Description

Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability is the first large-scale examination of how local media outlets cover members of the United States Congress. Douglas Arnold asks: do local newspapers provide the information citizens need in order to hold representatives accountable for their actions in office? In contrast with previous studies, which largely focused on the campaign period, he tests various hypotheses about the causes and consequences of media coverage by exploring coverage during an entire congressional session. Using three samples of local newspapers from across the country, Arnold analyzes all coverage over a two-year period--every news story, editorial, opinion column, letter, and list. First he investigates how twenty-five newspapers covered twenty-five local representatives; and next, how competing newspapers in six cities covered their corresponding legislators. Examination of an even larger sample, sixty-seven newspapers and 187 representatives, shows why some newspapers cover legislators more thoroughly than do other papers. Arnold then links the coverage data with a large public opinion survey to show that the volume of coverage affects citizens' awareness of representatives and challengers. The results show enormous variation in coverage. Some newspapers cover legislators frequently, thoroughly, and accessibly. Others--some of them famous for their national coverage--largely ignore local representatives. The analysis also confirms that only those incumbents or challengers in the most competitive races, and those who command huge sums of money, receive extensive coverage.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691126074
ISBN-10: 0691126070
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Logic of Congressional Action by R. Douglas Arnold Logic of Congressional Action, Paperback (August 1992)

A theory of policy making which rests upon a reinterpretation of the relationship between legislators' actions and their constituents' policy preferences and which makes the point that legislators also take into account the potential preferences of voters to avoid future electoral problems.

Congress and the Bureaucracy by R. Douglas Arnold Congress and the Bureaucracy, Paperback (July 1980)

[An] excellent book .Arnold seeks to examine the interactions between members of the House of Representatives and members of the upper bureaucracy in respect to the geographical allocation of federal expenditures..The methodology employed is ingenious and persuasive.-David Fellman, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

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Author Biography - R. Douglas Arnold

R. Douglas Arnold is William Church Osborn Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His books include "The Logic of Congressional Action", which won the 1990 Fenno Prize for the best book in legislative studies, and "Congress and the Bureaucracy".

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