In this Book

The Ohio State University Press
summary
This book argues that the people play a vital role in controlling the actions of their representatives in Congress. In examining issues that divide constituent opinion from representatives’ desires, it finds that when the public is paying attention, members usually act against their own material interests. On those occasions when members do not heed the public’s warnings, they suffer an electoral punishment in their next election. These results suggest that, contrary to many congressional critics, democratic accountability has been, and continues to be, alive and well in America. In examining a unique set of issues that divide the public’s preferences from the interests of members of Congress—civil service reform, congressional pay, campaign finance reform, and term limits—The Power of the People finds that members of Congress whose hold on their seats are most tenuous are the most likely to forsake their personal desires to cast their lot with their constituents. The relationship is especially strong when the congressional actions garner media attention. Although rare, members of Congress have lost their seat for not following their constituents’ wishes on these issues.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. 1. The Two Faces of Democratic Accountability
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. The Politics of Public Pressure: Competition, Attention, and Retribution
  2. pp. 9-26
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  1. 3. Patronage, Political Parties, the Public, and the Pendleton act of 1883
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. 4. Congressional Pay Raises and Public Scrutiny
  2. pp. 51-82
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  1. 5. The Modern History of Campaign Finance Reform
  2. pp. 83-107
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  1. 6. The Unfulfilled Reform: Congressional Term Limits
  2. pp. 108-131
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  1. 7. The Power of the People
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 161-166
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272930
Print ISBN
9780814251409
MARC Record
OCLC
899262192
Pages
166
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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