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Richard Clucas

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Political Science


Representative government and representation -- Oregon, Legislators -- Oregon




One would think that casework is the most effective method to reach constituents, however, that was not the case with this research about the Oregon State Legislature. Out of the 90 State Senators and House Representatives, there was a total of 50 surveys conducted and four interviews. The purpose of this research was to determine between casework, outreach and providing information, which method is deemed most effective within the Oregon Legislature when it comes to constituency service. Calculations show that third method, providing information, was the most effective with a solid 63%. These results shows that our legislator still lack in efforts with the other two main methods. There are certainly room for improvement when it comes to bettering the communication between constituents and legislators, even at the local level.


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An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science in University Honors and Political Science

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