Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Primaries--Iowa; Presidents--United States--Nomination; Legislators--Iowa; Caucus; Presidents--United States--Election--2008;
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.
Year of Submission
Department of Political Science
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
© 2008 Amy Kathleen Meyers
Meyers, Amy Kathleen, "The Iowa caucuses: Effects of presidential campaigns on state politicians" (2008). Honors Program Theses. 15.