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Author Hall, Andrew B., author.

Title Who wants to run? : how the devaluing of political office drives polarization / Andrew B. Hall
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Chicago studies in American politics
Chicago studies in American politics.
Contents Introduction: those fittest for the trust -- Who wants to run? -- A framework for studying elections and ideology -- The electoral preference for moderates -- Polarization and the devaluing of office -- Depolarization and the benefits of office -- Polarization and the costs of running -- Conclusion: who wants to run? in broader context -- Appendix 1: additional results on polarization and who runs -- Appendix 2: estimating the advantage of moderates -- Appendix 3: effects of office benefits on polarization -- Appendix 4: state legislators running for the U.S. House
Summary Legislative polarization in America is at all-time highs, bringing with it gridlock, brinksmanship, and partisan conflict. How does our political system help create this polarization, and what political reforms might reduce it? This text argues that the growing burdens of political office have helped polarize Congress by discouraging ideologically moderate citizens from becoming candidates. Running for office in the US today is more difficult than ever
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Elections -- United States.
Polarization (Social sciences)
Political candidates -- United States
Right and left (Political science) -- United States
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Polarization (Social sciences)
Political candidates.
Right and left (Political science)
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022660960X