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Correlates and Effects of Attention to District by U. S. House Members

Glenn R. Parker and Suzanne L. Parker
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Vol. 10, No. 2 (May, 1985), pp. 223-242
Published by: Washington University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/439725
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

Causes and consequences of district attentiveness are analyzed using data coded from the travel vouchers filed by members with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members' year of election and the divergence of conservatives from their low-status districts consistently affected the amount of time spent in their districts in the 92d, 93d, and 94th Congresses. Members running for higher office traveled more in the 93d and 94th Congresses. Changes in attentiveness among House incumbents elected after 1965 seem to have had a positive influence on their election margins in the 1970s. Replacement rather than conversion to greater attentiveness appears to have increased electoral security during the 1970s.

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