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Title:Mood and moderation: Alternative images of Senate reelection seeking behavior
Author(s):Segura, Gary Michael
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kuklinski, James H.
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, General
Abstract:Representation requires a degree of responsiveness on the part of legislators to voter preferences. This effort examines a model of responsiveness built on an ideological voter-senator linkage and implicitly confined to only the last stage of each senator's term and finds it wanting. Given cognitive limitations of the voters and behavioral constraints on senators' behavior, responsiveness based on ideology, and confined only to the period immediately preceding the next election, is unlikely to be electorally rewarding. An alternative model is proposed, one that does not make unreasonable assumptions regarding the abilities and interests of the voters and does not confine responsiveness to the cycles of election. Instead, public mood change is offered as the primary tool of communication between legislator and voter. Cues drawn from changing public attitudes are used by senators to reevaluate behavior and adapt to anticipated voter preferences. This responsiveness is not confined to the waning years of the term but, rather, is pervasive, affecting behavior in every year of the senator's tenure.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Segura, Gary Michael
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9305689
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9305689

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