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The Politics of Congressional Elections

Ninth Edition

Gary C. Jacobson and Jamie L. Carson

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. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 342Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-5261-5 • Hardback • December 2015 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-5262-2 • Paperback • December 2015 • $49.00 • (£32.95)
978-1-4422-5263-9 • eBook • December 2015 • $46.00 • (£31.95)
Gary C. Jacobson is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD from Yale University and has served on the Council of the American Political Science Association and on the Board of Overseers of National Election Studies. Jacobson’s field of interest is American national politics, with a subfield focus on Congress and congressional elections, and his current research is on the electoral basis of partisan polarization in Congress. Among books he has authored or coauthored are Money in Congressional Elections, The Electoral Origins of Divided Government, and The Logic of American Politics.

Jamie L. Carson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from Michigan State University, where he was a fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program, now located at Duke University. Carson’s research interests include American politics with a specific emphasis on the U.S. Congress, congressional elections, separation of powers, and American political development. His most recent book (coauthored with Jason Roberts) is Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time.
  • Updated coverage through the 2014 elections includes congressional primaries and key Senate races in light of changes in partisan control

  • A greater emphasis on nationalized politics and a return to more party-centered elections

  • Expanded analysis of campaign finance and voter behavior

  • Enhanced analysis of congressional elections dates back to the pre-Civil War era

  • A fresh new design incorporates new figures and tables that better illustrate the changing electoral patterns over time

  • Also available as a full-color ebook

  • NEW! PowerPoints of all tables and full-color figures are available for instructor use

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Lecture Notes. The Lecture Notes provide the tables and figures from the text.