Getting Primaried: The Changing Politics of Congressional by Robert G Boatright

By Robert G Boatright

all the prior few election cycles has featured a minimum of one example of "primarying," a problem to an incumbent considering that she or he isn't really sufficiently partisan. for plenty of observers, such races characterize an more and more polarized voters and an expanding risk to moderates of either parties.

In Getting Primaried, Robert G. Boatright exhibits that basic demanding situations aren't changing into extra common; they wax and wane according to partisan turnover in Congress. the hot upward thrust of primarying corresponds to the increase of nationwide fundraising bases and new forms of partisan enterprises assisting applicants round the nation. nationwide fundraising efforts and curiosity group–supported basic demanding situations have garnered media recognition disproportionate to their luck in profitable elections. Such demanding situations can paintings provided that teams concentrate on a small variety of incumbents.

Getting Primaried makes a number of key contributions to congressional scholarship. It offers a historical past of congressional fundamental demanding situations over the last 40 years, measuring the frequency of aggressive demanding situations and distinguishing between different types of demanding situations. It presents a correction to money owed of the hyperlink among fundamental festival and political polarization. extra, this research deals a brand new theoretical figuring out of the position of curiosity teams in congressional elections.

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