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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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Representation and the Impression of Influence

Representation and the Impression of Influence

(p.174) Chapter 8 Representation and the Impression of Influence
The Impression of Influence

Justin Grimmer

Sean J. Westwood

Solomon Messing

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the implications of this study's argument for representation. The credit-claiming, credit allocation process that this study characterizes enables accountability, but it also forces one to reconsider one's priorities in representation and how one might privilege transparent communication at the expense of efficient policy outcomes, and vice versa. If one prioritizes truthful and transparent discussion, then the credit-claiming, credit allocation process is problematic. The chapter then suggests some reforms in reporting and congressional credit claiming that could make the process more transparent and limit legislators' ability to engage in systematic deception. It also explains how this study could be extended, and highlights yet-to-be-answered questions about how legislators build support.

Keywords:   political representation, credit claiming, credit allocation, transparent communication, congressional credit claiming, systematic deception

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