Patronage, the Pendleton Act, and the Power of the People

@article{Theriault2003PatronageTP,
  title={Patronage, the Pendleton Act, and the Power of the People},
  author={Sean M. Theriault},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2003},
  volume={65},
  pages={50 - 68}
}
The conventional wisdom and congressional scholarship find that members of Congress use their public authority to facilitate their reelections (Aldrich 1995; Moe 1990; Parker 1992; Weingast and Marshall 1988). The adoption of the Pendleton Act of 1883 has been cited as another in a long line of examples in which members have “stacked the deck” in their own self-interests (Johnson and Libecap 1994a). I challenge these pervasive views by presenting evidence that public pressure was an important… Expand
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