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Electing the SenateIndirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment$
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Wendy J. Schiller and Charles Stewart III

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163161

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163161.001.0001

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Candidate Emergence, Political Ambition, and Seat Value

Candidate Emergence, Political Ambition, and Seat Value

(p.51) Chapter 3 Candidate Emergence, Political Ambition, and Seat Value
Electing the Senate

Wendy J. Schiller

Charles Stewart III

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the value of a Senate seat and a general assessment of the value that a Senate seat added to a state during this era of federalism. It argues that from a purely distributive standpoint, the value of a Senate seat was not high, but for political parties and business interests, the stakes were enormous for the maintenance of political organizations and control over local politics as well as the direction of national policies that affected state and local business interests. The chapter presents case studies from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to illustrate the desire to use a Senate seat to consolidate state political control and reap the associated economic benefits. It also includes cases from Nevada and Wisconsin to demonstrate the role of national party policies in the dynamics of state-based Senate campaigns.

Keywords:   senators, U.S. Senate, Senate seat, federalism, political control, indirect elections

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