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The Impression of Influence
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The Impression of Influence: Legislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability

Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood, and Solomon Messing

Abstract

Constituents often fail to hold their representatives accountable for federal spending decisions—even though those very choices have a pervasive influence on American life. Why does this happen? Breaking new ground in the study of representation, this book demonstrates how legislators skillfully inform constituents with strategic communication and how this facilitates or undermines accountability. Using a massive collection of Congressional texts and innovative experiments and methods, the book shows how legislators create an impression of influence through credit claiming messages. Anticipati ... More

Keywords: accountability, credit claiming, deception, democracy, federal spending

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691162614
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162614.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Grimmer, author
Stanford University

Sean J. Westwood, author
Princeton University

Solomon Messing, author
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