Representation in Real Time: Subconstituency Politics and Issue Positioning in Senate Campaigns
A substantial literature examines the degree to which legislators appeal to subgroups of constituents when casting roll call votes. Unexplored however, is the impact of these subgroups on the positions legislators adopt during campaigns. This paper seeks to examine whether and how legislators appeal to subgroups during campaigns. In so doing this paper examines the degree to which legislator behavior is consistent with a unified theory of behavior that explains behavior in both campaigns and in Congress, or whether elections are, contrary to past scholarship, a substantively different phenomenon.
Ben Bishin (United States)
Department of POlitical Science
University of Miami
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)