Party, Policy, and the Ambition to Run for Higher Office


Journal Article

© 2016 Washington University in St. Louis This article examines why some state legislators run for Congress and others do not. Our main argument is that there are differences in the expected value of a state legislative seat and the expected benefits of being a member of Congress. One key component of this value is how closely the candidate fits with her party. We find that the probability of seeking congressional office increases among state legislators who are distant from the state party and proximate to the congressional party and decreases among those who are distant from the congressional party and proximate to the state party.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aldrich, JH; Thomsen, DM

Published Date

  • May 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 343

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-9162

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0362-9805

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/lsq.12161

Citation Source

  • Scopus