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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Donna Hoffman

Keywords

Primaries--Iowa; Presidents--United States--Nomination; Legislators--Iowa; Caucus; Presidents--United States--Election--2008;

Abstract

The Iowa caucuses have been a topic of fascination for many political scientists, the media, and political junkies. Their prominent nature attracts media from all over the United States and can significantly impact the day-to-day lives of Iowans. In studying this topic, close attention must be paid to how campaigns necessarily treat elected state officials differently than ordinary Iowans. More specifically, legislators are treated differently in the processes by which campaigns lobby state legislators for support, the benefits officials receive, and the ways in which such lobbying can detract from their roles as state legislators. All of these factors are necessary to understanding how state politicians are affected by the Iowa caucuses. Also of note are the varying levels of influence constituents have on their legislator’s decision to support a particular candidate.

Date of Award

2008

Department

Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2008

Object Description

35 p.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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