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The Impression of InfluenceLegislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability$
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Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood, and Solomon Messing

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162614

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162614.001.0001

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Cultivating an Impression of Influence with Actions and Small Expenditures

Cultivating an Impression of Influence with Actions and Small Expenditures

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(p.81) Chapter 5 Cultivating an Impression of Influence with Actions and Small Expenditures
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The Impression of Influence
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Justin Grimmer

Sean J. Westwood

Solomon Messing

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162614.003.0005

This chapter discusses how credit-claiming messages cause larger increase in support. It presents the results of a series of experiments that show constituents are more responsive to the action that legislators report and the type of expenditure they claim and less responsive to the amount of money legislators claim credit for securing. Indeed, Constituents are responsive to the type of expenditure legislators claim credit for securing, but are generally unresponsive even to large increases in the amount of money allocated to a project. In an experiment conducted over several days, the chapter shows that increasing the number of credit-claiming messages legislators send has a much larger effect on constituent credit allocation than increasing the amount of money legislators claim credit for securing.

Keywords:   credit-claiming messages, expenditure, credit allocation

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