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Welcome to the 2006-2010 Congressional Election Study.
The data collection for this project is now complete. Thanks to the many individuals throughout the country who responded to our invitation to participate as district expert observers in their congressional districts. Your responses are an essential part of this study; I am most grateful for the care you took in responding to our survey.
Two "reports to respondents" are available below: a report summarizing some of our results from Phase I (summer, 2009) and one from Phase II (the campaign study from October, 2010). These reports are meant to provide a non-technical summary of some of the findings from the study so far.
Several scholarly papers from the 2006 study and from a related earlier study on the 1998 elections are also available for those who would like to learn more about how we present our findings to academic audiences. As we publish scholarly papers from the 2010 project (it takes awhile – academic publishing is a long process), we will post them here as well.
I would like to thank the Division of Social Science at UC Davis for the support necessary to conduct the 2006 data collection. The 2009 and 2010 phases of the study were supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (SES-0852387).
Walter J. Stone
Reports to Respondents
Adams, James, Samuel Merrill III, Elizabeth N. Simas and Walter J. Stone. 2011. "When Candidates Value Good Character: A Spatial Model with Applications to Congressional Elections." Journal of Politics 73(1): 17-30.
Stone, Walter J., Sarah A. Fulton, Cherie D. Maestas and L. Sandy Maisel. 2010. "Incumbency Reconsidered: Prospects, Strategic Retirement, and Incumbent Quality in U.S. House Elections." Journal of Politics 72(1): 178-190.
Stone, Walter J., L. Sandy Maisel and Cherie D. Maestas. 2004. "Quality Counts: Extending the Strategic Politician Model of Incumbent Deterrence." American Journal of Political Science 48(3): 479-495.