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Excerpt from Doing Archival Research in Political Science
Much of what is known about congressional campaigns is observed from the outside—in the brochures that are produced, the campaign advertisements that are aired, the polls that are taken by media organizations, and the articles that are written in newspapers. Less is known, however, about the campaign inner-workings that allocate particular resources and the ways in which these decisions may (or may not) influence election outcomes. More broadly, if one is to better explain the process of representation, it is absolutely critical to understand how members of Congress communicate with their constituents and how they explain their Washington activities to the people back home. This is a task well-suited to the materials that are available in congressional archives.
From Chapter 5 “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Albuquerque” by David C. W. Parker in Doing Archival Research in Political Science.
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