Ideological Signaling and Incumbency Advantage

  title={Ideological Signaling and Incumbency Advantage},
  author={Zachary Peskowitz},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={467 - 490}
This article develops a novel explanation for the incumbency advantage based on incumbents’ ability to signal positions that are ideologically distinct from those of their parties. Using voter-level data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study and controlling for unobserved district heterogeneity, the study finds that voters in US House elections primarily use information about the ideology of candidates’ parties to infer the location of challengers, while they instead rely on… 
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