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The Effects of Political Representation on the Electoral Advantages of House Incumbents
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, David C. Kimball, Scott R. Meinke and Katherine Tate
Political Research Quarterly
Vol. 56, No. 3 (Sep., 2003), pp. 259-270
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3219787
Page Count: 12
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We examine factors that influence whether or not constituents know and like their representative in Congress, exploring how constituents respond to very different forms of political representation-descriptive, symbolic, and allocational-provided by House members. We compare the relative contribution that non-policy representational factors make to the electoral advantage that incumbents enjoy among their constituents. The statistical analysis demonstrates that several non-policy aspects of the representational relationship, including descriptive correspondence and the member's legislative activity, benefit the incumbent through increased name recognition and, ultimately, in voters' choices at the voting booth.
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