Who runs for the legislature?
This is the first comprehensive book on state legislative candidates in almost 30 years. Based on extensive interviews with over 600 candidates--"traditional" and "non- traditional"--in 8 states, it is exciting and easy to read and not only reveals the inner-workings of the campaign process, but provides an in-depth look at what motivates "ordinary" people to seek office. Focuses on non-incumbants and features a series of in-depth "Candidate Profiles." Candidacy as Political Participation. The Context of Recruitment and Candidacy. The Agents of Recruitment. The Candidate and the Campaign. The Road Less Traveled: Women, Minorities and Third Party Candidates. Candidates and the Quality of Civil Life. For anyone interested in State Government, Legislative Politics, Elections, and Campaigns.
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The Costs and Benefits of Being a State Legislator
Overview of this Book
The Context of Recruitment and Candidacy
Political Ambition Rational Actors and Strategic Politicians
The Agents of Recruitment
Recruiting by Interest Groups
Contacting the Voters
The Recruitment of Minority Candidates
Candidates and the Quality of Civic Life