Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Burnside, Randy


With a dearth of research involving district office relationships, this analysis seeks to explore both what district office relationships look like and why they develop. Data from personal interviews with district office personnel in Illinois suggest three categories that describe these office interactions: closely connected, remotely connected, and organically connected. The findings from this project lay the foundation for understanding the importance of district office relationships as they pertain to representative democracy in the United States.




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