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Despite the traditional narrative, Congressional campaignsdon’t normally follow the trajectory of positive, negative,positive

Hassell, Hans J.G. and Oeltjenbruns, Kelly R. (2015) Despite the traditional narrative, Congressional campaignsdon’t normally follow the trajectory of positive, negative,positive. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (06 Aug 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

A hallmark of contemporary political campaigns is that most will at some stage ‘go negative’, with attacks against the rival candidate. But what determines when candidates choose to go negative? In new research which looks at Congressional campaigning, Hans J.G. Hassell and Kelly R. Oeltjenbruns find that while candidates in open-seat races tend to begin positively, go negative, and then end positively, challengers and incumbents tend to start negative and more or less stay that way throughout the campaign.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 14:37
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 03:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63545

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