Who Runs For The Legislature?

Who Runs For The Legislature?

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For courses in State Government, Legislative Politics, Elections, and Campaigns.This is the first comprehensive book on state legislative candidates in almost 30 years. Based on extensive surveys with over 600 candidates-"traditional" and "non-traditional"-in 8 states, it is exciting and easy to read and not only reveals the inner-workings of the campaign process, but also provides an in-depth look at what motivates "ordinary" people to seek office.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 152.4 x 227.6 x 8.9mm | 199.06g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130266086
  • 9780130266088

Table of contents

1. Candidacy as Political Participation. 2. The Context of Recruitment and Candidacy. 3. The Agents of Recruitment. 4. The Candidate and the Campaign. 5. The Road Less Traveled: Women, Minority, and Third-Party Candidates. 6. Candidates and the Quality of Civic Life. Notes. Index.show more

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"Moncrief, Squire, and Jewell bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to the analysis of candidates in state legislative elections that is both accessible to a general audience and valuable to scholars who specialize in electoral politics."-Linda Fowler, University of Dartmouth "State legislative elections are the Rodney Dangerfields of political science: They get no respect. That's unfortunate because they're significant events in American politics. Gary Moncrief, Peverill Squire, and Malcolm Jewell have focused superb scholarship on a vital topic that needs much more attention."-Ronald A. Faucheux, Ph.D., Editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections Magazine and former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives "Based on interviews and survey data, Moncrief, Squire, and Jewell's findings offer valuable information about how and why non-incumbents decide to run, who recruits them, and what factors impede and facilitate their candidacies. In an era of disengagement when too many elections are uncontested, Who Runs for the Legislature? directs attention to a group of people from whom we can learn important lessons about influences on political participation."-Ruth B. Mandel, Director and Professor, Eagleton Institute of Politicsshow more

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