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Weisberg, Heberlig, and Campoli: Classics in Congressional politics

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Weisberg, Heberlig, and Campoli. 1999. Classics in Congressional politics. New York: Longman.

Classics in Congressional Politics is a collection of articles and book excerpts that defined our current understanding of Congress. Usually, it would not be necessary to list such a book in WikiSummary; however, this volume's authors did us the great favor of prefacing each section with a literature review and synthesis of each section's arguments. As such, the notes below represent a summary of their synthesis, with brief summaries of the individual readings included. For more detail, look up the individual books and articles that have been listed below.

Note that MC means "Member of Congress."

Part II: Representation

Part III: Elections (Ambition theory, incumbency, strategic entry, term limits)

Part IV: Legislative Norms and Rules


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