"This volume is thoroughly researched and methodologically creative, and it develops an interesting theory of political change. It should be of particular interest to congressional scholars and students of US electoral politics. Highly recommended."
This 2006 work examines how elections get called mandates, how elected officials respond to these claims, and how public policy changes as a result. Whether or not an election really does carry a message from the electorate, the media and the Washington community sometimes declare an election to be a mandate for a general change in the direction of public policy.