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dc.creatorHarper, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-21T13:29:01Z
dc.date.available2015-09-21T13:29:01Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/63992
dc.description.abstractOver the last several decades, scholars studying progressive ambition have almost exclusively directed their attention towards determining what factors contribute to politicians running for higher office. However, this extensive body of research only tells half of the story. A unique, yet vitally important aspect in the development of political ambition also affects the final electoral outcome. What previous scholars have overlooked is that, ultimately, voters decide the fate of politicians, not the politicians themselves. Candidates can have all the ambition in the world, take the necessary preliminary actions, make the right decisions and run at exactly the right time but whether they win or lose is contingent entirely upon the minds of voters. Therefore, an important unresolved gap in the literature appears to be how the public perceives progressive ambition. Utilizing a methodological mix of actual voting data and experimental research, my dissertation aims to provide groundbreaking theoretical insight on the research question: what effect does progressive ambition, if any, have on voter preferences?en_US
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectPolitical ambition
dc.subjectCandidate evaluation
dc.subjectProgressive ambition
dc.titleProgressive ambition: What about the people?en_US
dc.typeDissertation
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Science
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.departmentPolitical Science
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMurray, Gregg R.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcKenzie, Mark J.
dc.contributor.committeeChairNokken, Timothy
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