Congress at the Grassroots

Congress at the Grassroots

More than a study of representational change in one district, Congress at the Grassroots also helps illuminate the larger subject of political change in the South and in the nation as a whole.

Author: Richard F. Fenno Jr.

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807860638

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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However much politicians are demeaned and denounced in modern American society, our democracy could not work without them. For this reason, says Richard Fenno, their activities warrant our attention. In his pioneering book, Home Style, Fenno demonstrated that a close look at politicians at work in their districts can tell us a great deal about the process of representation. Here, Fenno employs a similarly revealing grassroots approach to explore how patterns of representation have changed in recent decades. Fenno focuses on two members of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented the same west-central Georgia district at different times: Jack Flynt, who served from the 1950s to the 1970s, and Mac Collins, who has held the seat in the 1990s. His on-the-scene observation of their differing representational styles--Flynt focuses on people, Collins on policy--reveals the ways in which social and demographic changes inspire shifts in representational strategies. More than a study of representational change in one district, Congress at the Grassroots also helps illuminate the larger subject of political change in the South and in the nation as a whole.
Categories: Political Science

Guide to U S Elections

Guide to U S  Elections

Transformation of Southern Politics: Social Change and Political Consequence since 1945. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995. ... Fenno, Richard F. Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998.

Author: Deborah Kalb

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 9781483380353

Category: Political Science

Page: 2192

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The CQ Press Guide to U.S. Elections is a comprehensive, two-volume reference providing information on the U.S. electoral process, in-depth analysis on specific political eras and issues, and everything in between. Thoroughly revised and infused with new data, analysis, and discussion of issues relating to elections through 2014, the Guide will include chapters on: Analysis of the campaigns for presidency, from the primaries through the general election Data on the candidates, winners/losers, and election returns Details on congressional and gubernatorial contests supplemented with vast historical data. Key Features include: Tables, boxes and figures interspersed throughout each chapter Data on campaigns, election methods, and results Complete lists of House and Senate leaders Links to election-related websites A guide to party abbreviations
Categories: Political Science

Writing Southern Politics

Writing Southern Politics

Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ———. 2003. Going Home: Black Representatives and Their Constituents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Author: Robert P. Steed

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813189789

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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Scholars, journalists, writers, and pundits have long regarded the South as the nation's most politically distinctive region. Its culture, history, and social and economic institutions have fostered unique political ideas that intrigue observers and have had profound political consequences for the nation's citizens, politicians, and policymakers. Writing Southern Politics is the most comprehensive review of the large body of post–World War II literature on southern politics. Since the publication of V.O. Key Jr.'s landmark work, Southern Politics in State and Nation (1949), scholars have produced an astounding number of books, monographs, professional journal articles, and research papers addressing elements of continuity and change in southern politics. The contributors to this book sort through the literature, identifying major themes, examining areas of scholarly disagreement, and making the key dimensions and contours of the region's politics understandable. Individually, the essays in this volume identify and clarify the key writing and research in selected subfields of southern politics, including religion, race, women, and political parties. Collectively, the essays identify and discuss the major components of and trends in southern politics over the past half century. The contributors, some of the foremost scholars in the field, have been heavily involved in researching and writing about southern politics during the past three decades and have observed the development of many of the research projects that form the foundation of southern political literature. In many instances, their own writings are included in the body of literature they discuss, bringing unique skills, research, and perspectives to their original essays. In addition to reviewing existing literature, Writing Southern Politics also includes suggestions for a future research agenda. Not all aspects of the region's dramatic fifty-year transformation have been fully explored, and the continuation of this development ensures new avenues to examine. The discussion of past research and writing is an invaluable tool for understanding the trends in southern politics over the past half century. By examining these trends and developing an agenda for future research, the authors provide a roadmap for identifying the changes that will likely shape the region over the next half century.
Categories: Political Science

Congressional Communication

Congressional Communication

Legislature vs. legislator: A note on the paradox of congressional support. ... Contacting congressional constituents: Some patterns of perquisite use. ... Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998.

Author: Daniel Lipinski

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472023745

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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"Lipinski's impressive analysis of members' communications with constituents yields major insights about partisanship, effects on reelection prospects, and constituent evaluations." --Bruce Oppenheimer, Vanderbilt University "The communication between representatives and their constituents is where election strategy and policy explanations are merged and, until now, we have had only anecdotal evidence. Lipinski's book sheds light on this important part of American political life." --David Brady, Stanford University Congressional Communication challenges the notion that legislators "run against Congress" by routinely denigrating the institution. Using a unique, systematic analysis of the communication from members of Congress to their constituents over a five-year period, Daniel Lipinski challenges this notion, demonstrating key partisan differences in representatives' portrayals of congressional activities. While members of the majority party tend to report that the institution-and, hence, their party-is performing well, members of the minority party are more likely to accuse Congress of doing a poor job. The findings in Congressional Communication offer the first strong empirical evidence from the electoral arena in support of controversial party government theories. Moving beyond previous studies that look only at legislators' messages, Lipinski's research also reveals the effects of these politically strategic claims on voters, whose interpretations don't necessarily bear out the legislators' intended effects. Daniel Lipinski is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee.
Categories: Political Science

Princeton Readings in American Politics

Princeton Readings in American Politics

Congress at the grassroots: Representational change in the South, 19701998. chapel hill: University of north carolina Press. fiorina, m. P. (1977). Congress: Keystone of the Washington establishment. new haven, ct: yale University ...

Author: Richard M. Valelly

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400833818

Category: Political Science

Page: 656

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Princeton Readings in American Politics offers an exciting and challenging new way to learn about American politics. It brings together political science that has stood the test of time and recent cutting-edge analyses to acquaint undergraduate and graduate students with the substantive, conceptual, and methodological foundations they need to make sense of American politics today. Princeton Readings in American Politics features writings by such eminent scholars as Larry M. Bartels, Robert Dahl, Martha Derthick, Howard Gillman, Jacob Hacker, Kay L. Schlozman, Deborah Stone, Marta Tienda, and Kent Weaver, among others. The book is organized in sections that cover the major American political institutions--the presidency, Congress, the courts--as well as core topics such as political parties, macroeconomic management, voting and elections, policymaking, public opinion, and federalism. Richard Valelly provides an insightful general introduction to political science as a vibrant form of inquiry, as well as a succinct, informative introduction to each reading. Rigorous yet accessible, Princeton Readings in American Politics can serve as a primary textbook or as a supplement to standard introductory texts. Offers an exciting new way to learn about American politics Features accessible scholarship by leading political scientists Covers all the major topics Serves as a primary textbook or supplementary reader for undergraduate and graduate students
Categories: Political Science

The 2000 Presidential Election in the South

The 2000 Presidential Election in the South

Studies in Regional Change and Continuity . Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press . Fenno , Richard R. , Jr. 2000. Congress at the Grassroots : Representational Change in the South , 1970-1998 . Chapel Hill : University of North ...

Author: Robert P. Steed

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275970205

Category: Political Science

Page: 246

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Examines the 2000 elections, on all levels, in the South and measures their potential impact on the future.
Categories: Political Science

The Class of 74

The Class of  74

Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998. University of North Carolina Press, 2000. James S. Fleming. Window on Congress: A Congressional Biography of Barber B. Conable Jr. University of Rochester ...

Author: John A. Lawrence

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421424699

Category: History

Page: 380

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Toothless, sapless, and secretive -- Seeds of rebellion -- The class -- The reinforcements -- The revolution -- The Republican reformers -- Time to put on the long pants -- Thermador -- Assessing the 94th -- Before you can save the world, you have to save your seat -- Coda for reform -- Unintended consequences
Categories: History

The Dynamics of Southern Politics

The Dynamics of Southern Politics

Congress in a Downsian World: Polarization Cycles and Regime Change. ... the Old South, edited by Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell, 207–218. ... Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998.

Author: Seth C. McKee

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 9781483313368

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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Taking a hard look at the changing demographics in the American South, The Dynamics of Southern Politics discusses how this region remains exceptional while also addressing how that exceptionalism is eroding. Author Seth McKee tells a historically rich story going back to the end of the Civil War, tracks electoral changes to the present, and explores some of the most significant components contributing to partisan change. Supported by a host of detailed tables and figures, this book pairs a strong historical foundation with an in-depth analysis of the contemporary region.
Categories: Political Science

Diverging Parties

Diverging Parties

... Jr. Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Ferejohn, John A. "On the Decline of Competition in Congressional Elections.

Author: Jeff Stonecash

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429980596

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Explores how redistricting, demographic shifts, and political polarization are impacting legislation and voting behavior in the US Congress. . Party polarization in the House of Representatives has increased in recent decades. Explaining this development has been difficult, given current interpretations of American elections. The dominant framework for interpreting elections has been to see them as candidate-centered, or individualistic. This framework may have seemed appropriate as a way to see elections during the 1970s and 1980s, when identification with parties declined and split-ticket voting increased. With increasing party differences, however, the presumptions that campaigns focus on candidates separate from parties, and that voters are less partisan in their voting, do not provide a satisfactory framework for understanding our current situation. This proposed book explains the emergence of party polarization by focusing on how the constituencies of House districts affect partisan outcomes and the subsequent voting behavior of House members. This proposed analysis is premised on the simple argument that members are elected from districts, and an explanation of polarization must begin with districts. The origins of polarization lie in the realignment of the electoral bases of the parties, and the shifting demographic composition of America. Liberal voting is more likely among members from urban, lower-income, largely non-white districts. Conservative voting is more likely among members from higher-income, largely white districts. Realignment has resulted in Democrats representing urban, lower-income, heavily non-white districts, while Republicans are more likely to come from suburban-rural, more affluent, white districts. Perhaps most important, the percentage of districts with a substantial proportion of non-whites is steadily increasing in the United States. The analysis will focus primarily on changes since the 1960s.
Categories: Political Science

The Politics of Congressional Elections

The Politics of Congressional Elections

Fenno, Richard F., Jr. The Challenge of Congressional Representation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. ———. Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 19701998. Chapel Hill: University of North ...

Author: Gary C. Jacobson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442252639

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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Gary Jacobson’s classic text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to congressional elections and the electoral process. Based on the latest data from the National Election Study, the Cooperative Congressional Elections Study, and the Federal Election Commission, the Ninth Edition has been brought completely up to date, including coverage and analysis of the 2012 and 2014 elections. New coauthor, Professor Jamie L. Carson of the University of Georgia, brings to bear new insights into the changing roles of voters, Congress, political parties, and the media. Pairing historical data analysis and original research with fundamental concepts of representation and responsibility, The Politics of Congressional Elections presents students with the tools to evaluate representative government, as well as their own role in the electoral process.
Categories: Political Science