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The Electoral Connection
Second Edition

David R. Mayhew; With a new foreword by R. Douglas Arnold and a new Preface by the author

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"Any short list of major analyses of Congress must of necessity include David Mayhew’s Congress: The Electoral Connection." —Fred Greenstein

In this second edition to a book that has achieved canonical status, David R. Mayhew argues that the principal motivation of legislators is reelection and that the pursuit of this goal affects the way they behave and the way that they make public policy. In a new foreword for this edition, R. Douglas Arnold discusses why the book revolutionized the study of Congress and how it has stood the test of time. 

David R. Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, is the author of many books, including Divided We Govern, America’s Congress, and Electoral Realignments, all published by Yale University Press.

"Any short list of major analyses of Congress must of necessity include David Mayhew’s Congress: The Electoral Connection. It is a pleasure to have this aged-in-the cask classic reissued, and the foreword by Arnold and preface by Mayhew are a valuable bonus."—Fred Greenstein

"Mayhew's book on Congress seems to be the best thing on the subject. The interpretation, based as it is on an extraordinary range and depth of scholarship, will compel everyone who writes on Congress in the future in serious fashion - including serious-minded journalists - to take it into account. It simply couldn't be ignored."—Robert A. Dahl

"A classic in legislative studies."—Richard F. Fenno, Jr.

Winner of the Washington Monthly Political Book Award for 1974
ISBN: 9780300105872
Publication Date: November 10, 2004
216 pages, 5.125 x 8
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Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-2002, Second Edition

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Electoral Realignments

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America's Congress

Actions in the Public Sphere, James Madison Through Newt Gingrich

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