Constituency representation in Congress : the view from Capitol Hill

Kristina C. Miler

Congressional representation requires that legislators be aware of the interests of constituents in their districts and behave in ways that reflect the wishes of their constituents. But of the many constituents in their districts, who do legislators in Washington actually see, and who goes unseen? Moreover, how do these perceptions of constituents shape legislative behavior? This book answers these fundamental questions by developing a theory of legislative perception that leverages insights from cognitive psychology. Legislators are shown to see only a few constituents in their district on a given policy, namely those who donate to their campaigns and contact the legislative office, and fail to see many other relevant constituents. Legislators are also subsequently more likely to act on behalf of the constituents they see, while important constituents not seen by legislators are rarely represented in the policymaking process.

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  • 1. The unanswered question of legislative perception
  • 2. A dyadic theory of subconstituency representation
  • 3. The psychology of representation
  • 4. Subconstituents relevant to health policy and natural resources policy
  • 5. Explaining legislative perceptions
  • 6. The effects of legislative perception on participation
  • 7. Reassembling the district as a whole
  • 8. Perception, reform, and representation in Congress.

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書名 Constituency representation in Congress : the view from Capitol Hill
著作者等 Miler Kristina C.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 ix, 214 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521765404
NCID BB03518378
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス