Book Excerpt! Pork Barrel Politics, by Andrew H. Sidman (chapter 3: An Electoral History of the Pork Barrel)

A comprehensive and timely study, Pork Barrel Politics traces the history of distributive spending in Congress and its relation to Congressional elections at the primary and general election stages. Sidman finds that the effects of distributive benefits vary across parties, and can include significant indirect effects by deterring potential party primary challengers.

~ Gregory Koger, University of Miami

Andrew H. Sidman offers a systematic explanation for how political polarization affects the electoral influence of district-level federal spending. Pork Barrel Politics is an empirically rich account of the surprising repercussions of bringing pork home, with important consequences in our polarized era.

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