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The Grateful Electorate: Casework and Congressional Elections

Diana Evans Yiannakis
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Aug., 1981), pp. 568-580
DOI: 10.2307/2110819
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110819
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Abstract

Given the evident importance of casework to incumbent House members, this paper addresses two related questions. First, what leads constituents to request casework, and can representatives increase demand by soliciting casework? Second, does casework help incumbents at the polls, and if so, how much relative to other things? Discriminant analysis performed on the 1978 CPS election report indicates that member contact with constituents is more important than the socioeconomic characteristics of constituents in stimulating demand for casework, but knowing someone else who has had casework done is the greatest stimulus of all. Additionally, constituents' satisfaction with casework does influence them to vote for the incumbent, although it is not as important as some other variables, such as policy positions and party identification. A separate analysis of voters who identify with the challenger's party, however, indicates that this group of voters is most likely to be swayed by casework to vote for the incumbent. It is concluded that representatives' use of their perquisites to solicit and perform casework and to communicate appropriate policy positions can go a long way toward making their seats secure.

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