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People in Education: David Parker receives award from American Political Science Association

September 17, 2010

MSU political science professor David Parker is the co-recipient of a national political science award for the best journal article or book written by a junior scholar. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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David Parker, professor of political science at Montana State University, is the 2010 co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's Alan Rosenthal Prize for the best journal article or book written by young scholars about democratic practices.

Parker received the award with Craig Goodman of Texas Tech University for "Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocation, Home Styles and Washington Work." The article, which they co-wrote, was published in "Legislative Studies Quarterly" last year.

Parker said he and Goodman published the article following research into how constituents perceived their congressman and an accompanying analysis of how congressmen spent money allotted to them in three separate areas: travel, staff and franking, or free mail service. Parker and Goodman studied congressional expenditures from 1996-2000. They found that if the congressmen put a larger percentage toward travel back to their home districts, for instance, they were perceived by voters as someone more responsive to constituent concerns. Conversely, if they emphasized staff they were perceived as experts in policy experts.

"We found their style of representation was reflected in how they spent their money," Parker said.

Parker and Goodman received the award at the APSA's annual meeting in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

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