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Congressional Representation and Constituents

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The U.S. House of Representatives has been frozen at 435 members for almost a century, and in that time the nation's population has grown by more than 200 percent. With the number of citizens represented by each House member now dramatically larger, is a major consequence of this historical disparity a diminished quality of representation? Brian Frederick uses empirical data to scrutinize whether representation has been undermined by keeping a ceiling on the number of seats available in the House. He examines the influence of constituency size on several metrics of representation-including estimating the effects on electoral competition, policy responsiveness, and citizen contact with and approval of their representatives-and argues that now is the time for the House to be increased in order to better represent a rapidly growing country.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesConstitution: government & the state Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 21/01/2010 ISBN-13: 9780415873468  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Brian Frederick is an assistant professor of political science at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

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