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Home Style: House Members in Their Districts (Longman Classics Series)

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Reissued as part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Fenno's landmark study of eighteen members of Congress in their districts features a new Foreword by John Hibbing. Home Style, which won the 1979 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award and the 1980 D.B. Hardeman prize, has been re-issued in a "Longman Classics" Edition and features a new Foreword by renowned Reissued as part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Fenno's landmark study of eighteen members of Congress in their districts features a new Foreword by John Hibbing. Home Style, which won the 1979 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award and the 1980 D.B. Hardeman prize, has been re-issued in a "Longman Classics" Edition and features a new Foreword by renowned scholar John Hibbing of The University of Nebraska.


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Reissued as part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Fenno's landmark study of eighteen members of Congress in their districts features a new Foreword by John Hibbing. Home Style, which won the 1979 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award and the 1980 D.B. Hardeman prize, has been re-issued in a "Longman Classics" Edition and features a new Foreword by renowned Reissued as part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Fenno's landmark study of eighteen members of Congress in their districts features a new Foreword by John Hibbing. Home Style, which won the 1979 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award and the 1980 D.B. Hardeman prize, has been re-issued in a "Longman Classics" Edition and features a new Foreword by renowned scholar John Hibbing of The University of Nebraska.

30 review for Home Style: House Members in Their Districts (Longman Classics Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ed McKinley

    This is as interesting and readable as academic political science can get. As a journalist, I also find it somewhat inspiring how far an acquiring, disciplined mind can get you combined with hanging out and paying close attention to what's happening around you. This is as interesting and readable as academic political science can get. As a journalist, I also find it somewhat inspiring how far an acquiring, disciplined mind can get you combined with hanging out and paying close attention to what's happening around you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    This was one of my favorite books I read in whole course of my masters program. It is a work that has aged well since it was written in the 1970s, and remains insightful and valuable to understanding our politics. It was especially fun for me personally because I had a job once upon a time where I often traveled with a politician in his district, and much of what Fenno describes in Home Style had me nodding along. Sometimes we may imagine that being a member of Congress is all fancy dinners and h This was one of my favorite books I read in whole course of my masters program. It is a work that has aged well since it was written in the 1970s, and remains insightful and valuable to understanding our politics. It was especially fun for me personally because I had a job once upon a time where I often traveled with a politician in his district, and much of what Fenno describes in Home Style had me nodding along. Sometimes we may imagine that being a member of Congress is all fancy dinners and high drama in Washington, DC. Home Style has no such illusions. Richard Fenno knows that members must spend much time in their home districts, cultivating their political networks and keeping in touch with the folks at home. Home Style follows over a dozen different Congress-persons in their home districts (though they are not named except as Congressman A, B, etc.). It evaluates what kind of persona they adopt with their constituents. It gets inside their heads about what kind of constituencies they believe are important. It discusses how difficult it can be for politicians to find groups to "present" themselves in front of. Fenno's description of the "rings" of constituencies seemed spot-on to me, as did his discussion of the expansionary phase of a political career and the merely holding steady phase. Fenno does an excellent job of demonstrating the breadth of options available to a Congress-persons in terms of the sort of identity they may wish to adopt, but also the ways their districts may constrain their options. The book is relatively short, but took something like seven or eight years to write because of the extensive travel and time necessary to observe and absorb how a Congress-person acts. It doesn't get bogged down in too much terminology or jargon and for an academic book is very easy to read. I do believe that times have changed in some ways since Fenno wrote this book, but perhaps not as much as we may imagine. Members spend as much time in their districts as ever before, probably more in most cases. They are often engaged in these same types of activities and meetings. There is a pretty elemental truth that Fenno has uncovered in Home Style. For those interested in the most basic ways that political careers are constructed, this is a great place to start reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    When first published, this work was received extremely well. It affected how scholars viewed the relationship between elected representatives in Congress and their constituents. It emphasized the importance of what happens when members of the House of Representatives visit their districts--and how critical this is for individuals' careers. When first published, this work was received extremely well. It affected how scholars viewed the relationship between elected representatives in Congress and their constituents. It emphasized the importance of what happens when members of the House of Representatives visit their districts--and how critical this is for individuals' careers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Best book ever written about how members of Congress act outside of Washington.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    If you've ever wanted to be a politician and need a "how-to" book, this is your ticket. Let your campaign manager read it, and then get to work. If you've ever wanted to be a politician and need a "how-to" book, this is your ticket. Let your campaign manager read it, and then get to work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh Gaines

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a good book on how congress is run.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    It was really good but pretty confusing and a little to advanced for my age group. Seems like it would be more appropriate for college. Too bad my Political Science teacher is such a nut. lol

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robquarles

    Timeless book. Doesn't profile Congressional members under the sexy friday night lights of Washington, but rather the Saturday morning dingy dank locker room of their districts. Timeless book. Doesn't profile Congressional members under the sexy friday night lights of Washington, but rather the Saturday morning dingy dank locker room of their districts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert Kulzick

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

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    Jon

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Barker

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scbuckhout

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick West

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bklynreader

  16. 4 out of 5

    Will Brown

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Holt

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cares

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jatziri Pando

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Prystowsky

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason Smith

  25. 4 out of 5

    Todd

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ali

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Peterson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Brennan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Snideman

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