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Opting out of Congress : partisan polarization and the decline of moderate candidates

Author: Danielle M Thomsen
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
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"This book provides a candidate entry explanation for partisan polarization in Congress. Danielle M. Thomsen draws on quantitative data to show that ideological moderates are less likely to run for and remain in Congress than those at the extremes. The book introduces a party fit argument for why moderates have opted out of congressional politics. It suggests that the personal and professional benefits of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danielle M Thomsen
ISBN: 9781107183674 1107183677
OCLC Number: 965356034
Description: xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The choices have changed --
Party fit and the calculus of candidacy --
Ideology, attitude, and political ambition --
Ideological moderates won't run for congress --
Where the action is: asymmetric polarization and open seats --
Ideological moderates won't stay in congress --
The growing partisan gap in women's representation --
Toward a less polarized congress?
Responsibility: Danielle M. Thomsen, Syracuse University.

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The book argues that ideological moderates have opted out of congressional politics because of the hyperpartisanship that pervades Congress today.  Read more...

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