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Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall

Carson, Jamie L. and Williamson, Ryan D. (2018) Why taking moderate positions may help the Democrats to retake the House this fall. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (01 Feb 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Partisan polarization has steadily increased in recent decades, culminating in record highs in recent years. In new research, Jamie Carson and Ryan Williamson compare the ideology of winning and losing candidates in US House elections between 1992 and 2012. They find that winning candidates are much less ideologically extreme than those who lose elections. Though some districts prefer more extreme representatives, these are a minority. Together, these findings show that if challengers were more skilled at winning elections, polarization in Congress might be even greater than it is now.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88878

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