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The impression of influence : legislator communication, representation, and democratic accountability

Author: Justin Grimmer
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Constituents often fail to hold their representatives accountable for federal spending decisions--even though those very choices have a pervasive influence on American life. Why does this happen? Breaking new ground in the study of representation, The Impression of Influence demonstrates how legislators skillfully inform constituents with strategic communication and how this facilitates or undermines accountability.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Grimmer
ISBN: 9780691162614 0691162611 9780691162621 069116262X
OCLC Number: 886380543
Description: xiv, 204 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Representation, spending, and the personal vote --
Solving the representative's problem and creating the representative's opportunity --
How legislators create an impression of influence --
Creating an impression, not just increasing name recognition --
Cultivating an impression of influence with actions and small expenditures --
Credit, deception, and institutional design --
Criticism and credit: how deficit implications undermine credit allocation --
Representation and the impression of influence --
Text as data: methods appendix.
Responsibility: Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood, and Solomon Messing.

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Constituents often fail to hold their representatives accountable for federal spending decisions--even though those very choices have a pervasive influence on American life. Why does this happen? Breaking new ground in the study of representation, The Impression of Influence demonstrates how legislators skillfully inform constituents with strategic communication and how this facilitates or undermines accountability. Using a massive collection of Congressional texts and innovative experiments and methods, the book shows how legislators create an impression of influence through credit claiming messages.

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