Home Style: How It Applies to the State Legislature
Teter, Scott L.
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The topic of this SIP: "Home Style"-How Does It Apply To The State Legislature? was developed as a result of my reading Richard Fenno's "Home Style". Fenno dealt specifically with the images a representative holds of his constituency, and the consequences of these perceptions. What I have attempted to do, in this study, is to analyze state representatives, to see if Fenno's study of home style can be accurately applied to the state legislature. This analysis opens up two possibilities to be considered: 1) If Fenno's "Home Style" does apply to the state legislature, this indicates that representation is a universal standard, and "Home Style" can be used as an analysis of that standard. 2) If "Home Style" does not apply, this indicates that representation is specific to the size of the constituency. The goal of this analysis is to decide which of these two possibilities is the most accurate. To achieve this goal, we must understand the theses that Fenno is advocating, and how these theses are supported, or disproved by the information gathered in the internship. We will examine Fenno's position, and then compare and contrast it with the state legislature.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.