Reassessing the Incumbency Effect
By (author) Jeffrey M. Stonecash
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Reassessing the Incumbency Effect by Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Book DescriptionIncumbents in the US House of Representatives have increased their vote percentages in recent decades, raising questions about the efficacy of elections in making members responsive. The evidence, however, indicates there has been no improvement in the electoral fortunes of incumbents in the last 50 years. Only Republicans have improved their electoral fortunes as a result of realignment. This valuable book provides a very different interpretation of how incumbents have fared in recent decades, and the interpretation is supported by non-technical data analysis and presentation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521733229
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility, Hardback (October 2015)
It is now beyond question that contemporary American politics is highly contentious and divided. We argue that deep disagreement over the idea of personal responsibility lies at the heart of this polarization.
Party Pursuits and the Presidential-house Election Connection, 1900-2008, Hardback (December 2012)
Stonecash analyzes election results arguing that the separation of presidential and House results occurring from the 1960s to 1980 was a party-driven process.
Understanding American Political Parties, Paperback (September 2012)
Noted scholar Jeffrey Stonecash gives us a big picture analysis that helps us understand what is happening in contemporary party politics. He explains that parties behave the way they do because of existing political conditions and how parties adapt to those conditions as they prepare for the next election.
Counter Realignment, Paperback (January 2011)» View all books by Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Counter Realignment explains how the Republican Party lost the northeastern United States as a region of electoral support.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Jeffrey M. Stonecash is Maxwell Professor in the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He researches political parties, changes in their electoral bases, and how these changes affect political polarization and public policy debates. His recent books are Class and Party in American Politics (2000), Diverging Parties (2002), Political Polling (2003), Parties Matter (2005), and Split: Class and Cultural Divisions in American Politics (2007). He is now working with Mark Brewer on a book about the dynamics of party realignment since 1900. He has done polling and consulting for political candidates since 1985.
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