Constituency service and United States House members: The role of character assessments
Guillory, Christine Ann
Funk, Carolyn L.
Master of Arts
If devoting more staff and more resources to constituency service in the district brings members of the U.S. House no electoral benefits, why has the performance of these activities and members' interest in them increased in recent decades? Studies with misspecified models and inappropriate tests previously have failed to uncover the causal link between constituency service and electoral fortunes. Using individual-level 1994 American National Election Studies data, I find that knowledge of constituency service impacts vote choice only through its effect on citizens' impressions of incumbent candidates' personal characteristics.