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McAdams and Johannes: Does casework matter

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McAdams and Johannes. 1981. Does casework matter? A reply to Professor Fiorina. AJPS 25:581-604.

In Brief

The authors respond strongly to each of Fiorina's (1981) critiques of their earlier argument (Johannes and McAdams 1981), taking Fiorina's point item-by-item. They reiterate their original claim--that casework provides little electoral benefit to members of Congress (MCs)--and argue in defense of their methods.

Place in the Literature

Mayhew (1974) raised the puzzle of the vanishing marginals. Fiorina (1977) suggested that casework was to blame ("the bureaucracy did it"). Johannes and McAdams (1981) challenged this claim, eliciting Fiorina's (1981) rapid reply. This article is McAdams and Johannes's response to Fiorina's reply.

To read notes on this article, see the summary of Fiorina 1981; M&J's responses follow each of Fiorina's points.