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Volume 14, Issue 4 (Dec 2016)


Gary C. Jacobson and the Politics of Congressional Elections

Jamie L. Carson
  • Corresponding author
  • Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Published Online: 2017-02-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2016-0035


Gary Jacobson is one of the world’s leading experts studying US congressional elections. This essay examines his contributions to political science over the past 40 years.


  • Jacobson, Gary C. 1978. “The Effects of Campaign Spending in Congressional Elections.” American Political Science Review 72: 469–491.

  • Jacobson, Gary C. 1980. Money in Congressional Elections. New Haven: Yale University Press.

  • Jacobson, Gary C. 1989. “Strategic Politicians and the Dynamics of U.S. House Elections, 1946–86.” American Political Science Review 83: 773–793.

  • Jacobson, Gary C. 2007. A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People. New York: Pearson Longman.

  • Jacobson, Gary C. 2015. “Its Nothing Personal: The Decline of the Incumbency Advantage in U.S. House Elections.” Journal of Politics 3: 861–873.

  • Jacobson, Gary C., and Samuel Kernell. 1981. Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections. New Haven: Yale University Press.

  • Jacobson, Gary C., and Jamie L. Carson. 2016. The Politics of Congressional Elections. 9th ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

About the article

Jamie L. Carson

Jamie L. Carson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. He is broadly interested in the study of American politics and political institutions with an emphasis on congressional politics and elections, APD, and separation of powers. In 2013, he published Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time with Jason Roberts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently co-authored the ninth edition of The Politics of Congressional Elections with Gary Jacobson.

Published Online: 2017-02-22

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: The Forum, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, ISSN (Print) 2194-6183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2016-0035. Export Citation

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