Accountability and Local Elections: Rethinking Retrospective Voting

  title={Accountability and Local Elections: Rethinking Retrospective Voting},
  author={Christopher R. Berry and William G. Howell},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={844 - 858}
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