The electoral connection in the U.S. Senate's
Sievert, Joel Allen
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Congressional scholars largely agree that electoral considerations influence the behavior of members of Congress, a phenomenon referred to as the electoral connection. A disproportionate share of scholarship on the electoral connection, however, focuses on the House of Representatives. This dissertation examines how the U.S. Senate's institutional design, such as staggered terms or different methods of election over time, influence senators relationship with constituents. The analyses reported are based on a series of quasi-experimental and experimental research designs that utilize unique aspects of the Senate's institutional structure. Overall, this project highlights the importance of institutional design for understanding how elections influence the behavior of legislators in the U.S. Congress.