The division of labor in congressional campaigns

dc.contributor.advisorShaw, Daron R., 1966-
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAnsolabehere, Stephen D
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPhilpot, Tasha S
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoberts, Brian E
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWlezien, Christopher
dc.creatorMiller, Kenneth Merrill
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-5226-5671
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-03T15:43:54Z
dc.date.available2017-10-03T15:43:54Z
dc.date.created2017-08
dc.date.issued2017-08-10
dc.date.submittedAugust 2017
dc.date.updated2017-10-03T15:43:55Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explains how candidates, parties, and independent groups have adjusted to the post-Citizens United campaign environment by dividing the labor of campaign communications. Using an original dataset of spending in Senate campaigns and data on advertising content in congressional campaigns merged with television ratings data, this project demonstrates that most campaign actors will harmonize their efforts through compensatory cooperative activity to benefit from each others' advantages and compensate for each others' constraints. The quality of this cooperation is not always uniform however, and sometimes varies based on the objectives of the campaign actors. The degree and complexity of cooperation suggests that the parties have reasserted control in a new system of network-based campaigning that is displacing the candidate-centered campaigns that characterized U.S. elections for the past several decades. This new system has significant effects on democratic discourse, resulting in advertising that advances more nationalized issue agendas, and campaigns that are more attack-oriented but with attacks that are more informative for voters.
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T29P2WN94
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/61919
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCampaigns
dc.subjectElections
dc.subjectParties
dc.subjectIndependent expenditures
dc.subjectCampaign advertising
dc.titleThe division of labor in congressional campaigns
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernment
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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