“Providing new insights about a very old practice of government, Pork Barrel Politics details how pork barrel spending operates and shapes Congressional politics and policy making over the history of the Republic in an exhaustive and comprehensive analysis. Sidman demonstrates how legislators use and benefit from pork barrel spending, affecting a host of electoral and policy outcomes. A crucial book.”
~Robert Stein, coauthor of Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy
This week we will be featuring Pork Barrel Politics: How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era, by Andrew H. Sidman. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that legislators who bring “pork”—federal funds for local projects—back home to their districts are better able to fend off potential challengers. Sidman looks at the concept of pork throughout the electoral history of the United States and our polarized era of politics.
Enter our Book Giveaway for a chance to win a copy of this book and check back this week for an excerpt and a guest blog post by Sidman on the politics of federal infrastructure spending.
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