The Battle for Congress: Consultants, Candidates, and Voters. (Book Reviews)

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Author: Gary J. Andres
Date: Fall 2002
From: Political Science Quarterly(Vol. 117, Issue 3)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 611 words

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The Battle for Congress: Consultants, Candidates, and Voters edited by James A. Thurber. Washington, DC, The Brookings Institution Press, 2001. 260 pp. Cloth, $42.95; paper, $17.95.

Want to know how to win an American congressional election? Or learn how modern political gunslingers shoot it out, waging war for U.S. House seats? How about comparing generalizations from political science research to real-world campaigns? If you're interested in any or all of the above, this book's a must read.

Focusing on six competitive House races in the 1998 American elections, this edited volume fills an important gap in the literature on congressional elections. Emphasizing the role of political consultants and the mechanics of modern electoral competition, each chapter provides scholars, journalists and professional politicians with a fascinating microanalysis of how battles for congressional seats were won and lost in the late twentieth century. Complementing much of what we already know about congressional elections--incumbents are...

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