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Congressional illustration calls for that legislators concentrate on the pursuits of elements of their districts and behave in ways in which replicate the needs in their parts. yet of the numerous elements of their districts, who do legislators in Washington truly see, and who is going unseen? additionally, how do those perceptions of parts form legislative habit? This publication solutions those primary questions by way of constructing a concept of legislative notion that leverages insights from cognitive psychology. Legislators are proven to determine just a couple of ingredients of their district on a given coverage, particularly those that donate to their campaigns and get in touch with the legislative place of work, and fail to spot many different appropriate parts. Legislators also are as a result prone to act on behalf of the elements they see, whereas vital ingredients no longer obvious through legislators are infrequently represented within the policymaking process.

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