Mayhew Case Study

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In Mayhew’s work he suggest that the main goal of Members of Congress is to get reelected. In his work he breaks down Members of Congress’ division of resources to three basic activities, advertising, credit claiming and position taking. He suggest that these three components make up the larger part of Congressional action and eventually bolster the objective of reelection. Mayhew gives many examples of Congressmen allocating their resources to these three activities, and using these actions to get reelected. I believe that the theory Mayhew posits is valid, and there are many modern examples of congressman devoting most of their congressional activity to actions that will get them reelected. Mayhem suggest that one of the three basic activities

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