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By Kenneth M. Goldstein

Greater than person attributes and attitudes inspire participants to take part in politics and extra is going into curiosity team impression than monetary donations and direct job. to respond to primary questions on what determines while and why humans perform politics and the way prepared pursuits move approximately attempting to impact legislative decision-making, we needs to know how and why political leaders recruit which participants of the general public into the political enviornment. taking a look from the ground up with survey info and from the head down with info from curiosity workforce interviews, Goldstein develops and assessments a idea of the way tactical offerings in a grass roots crusade are made.

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Political participation is a political act, with political goals, causes, and consequences. Issues alone do not mobilize citizens to political activity. Political leaders recruit citizens to political activity for political reasons. Rosenstone and Hansen (1993) made a similar argument. They claimed that individual attributes cannot change quickly enough to explain changes in rates of political participation and that changes in elite patterns of mobilization can explain much of the variance in rates of participation.

Incumbents who are free of personal scandals and have voted according to the wishes of their constituents are more likely to be successful. Although national factors and the partisanship of the district certainly have a significant impact on congressional elections, given what we know about party identification and national events, they also are the factors that legislators and lobbyists can influence the least. One legislator can do little to make his or her constituents more Republican or the national economy stronger.

Choice of tactics, interest groups are trying to influence voting behavior in the short term. Although the growth in independent expenditure campaigns suggests that this is a fertile area for future research, my goal is not to analyze how interest groups directly influence election outcomes in the short run. 2 Incumbent Behavior and Establishing Traceability There is significant debate about the extent to which issues, particularly incumbent actions on roll call votes, influence congressional elections.

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