Issue Engagement On Congressional Candidate Web Sites, 2002-2006

Title:
Issue Engagement On Congressional Candidate Web Sites, 2002-2006
Authors:
Druckman, James N.; Hennessy, Cari Lynn; Kifer, Martin; Parkin, Michael
Abstract:
When candidates engage in robust policy debate, it gives citizens clear choices on issues that matter. Previous studies of issue engagement have primarily used indicators of campaign strategy that are mediated by reporters (e. g., newspaper articles) or indicators that may exclude candidates in less competitive races (e. g., television advertisements). We study issue engagement with data from a unique source, congressional candidate Web sites, that are unmediated and representative of both House and Senate campaigns. We find that the saliency of issues in public opinion is a primary determinant of candidate engagement. And, despite the unique capacity of the Internet to allow candidates to explain their positions on a large number of issues, candidates continue to behave strategically, selecting a few issues on which to engage their adversaries.
Citation:
Druckman, James N., Cari Lynn Hennessy, Martin J. Kifer, and Michael Parkin. 2010. "Issue Engagement On Congressional Candidate Web Sites, 2002-2006." Social Science Computer Review 28(1): 3-23.
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
DATE ISSUED:
2010-02
Department:
Politics
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1177/0894439309335485
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309931

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dc.contributor.authorDruckman, James N.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHennessy, Cari Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.authorKifer, Martinen_US
dc.contributor.authorParkin, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:21:28Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:21:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-02en
dc.identifier.citationDruckman, James N., Cari Lynn Hennessy, Martin J. Kifer, and Michael Parkin. 2010. "Issue Engagement On Congressional Candidate Web Sites, 2002-2006." Social Science Computer Review 28(1): 3-23.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0894-4393en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309931-
dc.description.abstractWhen candidates engage in robust policy debate, it gives citizens clear choices on issues that matter. Previous studies of issue engagement have primarily used indicators of campaign strategy that are mediated by reporters (e. g., newspaper articles) or indicators that may exclude candidates in less competitive races (e. g., television advertisements). We study issue engagement with data from a unique source, congressional candidate Web sites, that are unmediated and representative of both House and Senate campaigns. We find that the saliency of issues in public opinion is a primary determinant of candidate engagement. And, despite the unique capacity of the Internet to allow candidates to explain their positions on a large number of issues, candidates continue to behave strategically, selecting a few issues on which to engage their adversaries.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0894439309335485-
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.titleIssue Engagement On Congressional Candidate Web Sites, 2002-2006en_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalSocial Science Computer Reviewen_US
dc.subject.keywordIssue engagementen_US
dc.subject.keywordCandidate web sitesen_US
dc.subject.keywordInterneten_US
dc.subject.keywordCongressional campaignsen_US
dc.identifier.volume28en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage3en_US
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