Foxes in the Henhouse? The Effects of Hiring Campaign Staff into Legislative Offices
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The paper tests three hypotheses: That policymakers who hire more campaign staffers into their legislative offices will spend more of their legislative attention on issues pertinent to their particular district, as measured by the topics of the bills they introduce; that they will be less effective legislators, as measured by Volden and Wiseman's Legislative Effectiveness Score; and that they will be more likely to win re-election. By understanding the effects of political hiring decisions, policymakers can make smarter hires, and students of the policy process can better understand the impact of teams on policymakers’ priorities and effectiveness.