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Sharing the Wealth: Member Contributions and the Exchange Theory of Party Influence in the U.S. House of Representatives Paperback – July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0791474945 ISBN-10: 0791474941

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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791474941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791474945
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,746,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While students of American politics are accustomed to thinking of members of Congress as recipients of campaign contributions, Sharing the Wealth shows that incumbents are increasingly active as contributors to their parties and other political candidates. As this provocative study shows, member contributions have grown exponentially in recent years to finance the fierce biannual battle for majority control of Congress. Utilizing both quantitative methods and case studies, Damon M. Cann examines arrangements designed to advance ambitions of individuals while ultimately strengthening parties, and also explores several important consequences of this growing phenomenon. More than a campaign finance study, Sharing the Wealth offers a comprehensive examination of member-to-member and member-to-party contributions, and makes the connection between member contributions and the growing strength of political parties in Congress.

"A well-conceptualized, tightly argued, and short book, Sharing the Wealth is certainly worth one's attention." -- Congress & the Presidency

"This is a very important piece of research. Member-to-member campaign contributions are an increasingly important part of the electoral landscape, but we know relatively little about how they work. The theory is well thought out and the author's treatment of the statistics is excellent." -- Kristin Kanthak, University of Pittsburgh

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Damon M. Cann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia.

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The 2008 winner of the prestigious Richard F. Fenno Book Prize, awarded by the Legislative Studies section of the American Political Science Association. In the tradition of Professor Fenno's work, this prize is designed to honor work that is both theoretically and empirically strong. Moreover, this prize is dedicated to encouraging scholars to pursue new and different avenues of research in order to find answers to previously unexplored questions about the nature of politics.
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The narrative in the book provides thorough context for understanding how money is transferred between candidates and parties, and its statistical analysis makes a compelling case that the transfers play a substantial role in how Congress works. The book is in-the-weeds but is still very accessible.
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