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This week’s featured book is Pork Barrel Politics: How Government Spending Determines Elections in a Polarized Era, by Andrew H. Sidman. Check our blog throughout the week to read a guest post from Sidmna himself and to read an excerpt from the book. And remember to enter our drawing for your chance to win a copy of the book!

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“A comprehensive and timely study, Pork Barrel Politics traces the history of distributive spending in Congress and its relation to Congressional elections at the primary and general election stages. Sidman finds that the effects of distributive benefits vary across parties, and can include significant indirect effects by deterring potential party primary challengers.” ~ Gregory Koger, University of
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“Providing new insights about a very old practice of government, Pork Barrel Politics details how pork barrel spending operates and shapes Congressional politics and policy making over the history of the Republic in an exhaustive and comprehensive analysis. Sidman demonstrates how legislators use and benefit from pork barrel spending, affecting a host of electoral and policy outcomes.
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“Social Empathy expands on what we know about interpersonal empathy and strikes right at the heart of today’s partisan conflicts. In readable, humane, and informative prose, this book explains how we can overcome tribal instincts and forge the supportive, meaningful connections we need in order to thrive in today’s global environment.” ~Caroline Wellbery, Georgetown University School