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Combining the styles of a detailed reference guide and an administrative research report, this volume will encapsulate scholars' conventional understanding of congressional elections for a long time. Congressional candidates must run and win two campaigns, a constituency campaign for resources and votes, and a concurrent campaign for the support of national political leaders. Although not novel, this recurring theme has never been so richly documented. The volume's database is impressive: background information on 10,000 House candidates, 1978-1992; personal interviews and survey data for 1992 on congressional candidates and aides, party officials, and political action committee managers; case studies of two dozen 1992 House campaigns; and data on campaign contributions, spending, publicity, and advertising. Using quantitative analysis, every aspect of congressional campaigning receives exhaustive attention. The major conclusion, that candidate-centered campaigns produce a decentralized Congress, is familiar but merits such itemized substantiation. The absence of a comprehensive bibliography is unfortunate. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty; practitioner.
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