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Post-electoral consulting, political consulting and the legislative process


2001 2001

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As political consultants become more prominent figures in congressional campaigns, they are simultaneously expanding their sphere of influence into the policy-making realm. No longer relegated to the limited confines of candidate-campaigns, many consultants remain principal advisors to politicians once in office. In addition, consultants are insinuating themselves into the legislative process by managing single-issue, grassroots movements on behalf of trade associations, corporations and advocacy groups in an effort to affect legislation as it moves through Congress. The flowering of a post-electoral consulting is due, in part, to the advent of the “permanent campaign.” Major policy initiatives have taken on the trappings of campaigns as politicians and interest groups court the public for support. Blurring the distinction between campaigning and governing places a premium on the specialized knowledge consultants possess in fields such as polling, mass marketing, and media relations. Post-electoral consulting raises important questions about the efficacy of applying campaign tactics in a governing context, the nature of political discourse in a mass media polity, and about the role of unelected figures in a representative democracy.

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Subject
Political science
Classification
0615: Political science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Congress; Interest groups; Legislative process; Political consulting; Postelectoral consulting
Title
Post-electoral consulting, political consulting and the legislative process
Author
Lathrop, Douglas A.
Number of pages
236
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493219691, 0493219692
Advisor
Mileur, Jerome
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3012155
ProQuest document ID
230769368
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/230769368
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