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U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition$
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Banks Miller and Brett Curry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190928247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190928247.001.0001

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Describing the Data and Issue Areas

Describing the Data and Issue Areas

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U.S. Attorneys, Political Control, and Career Ambition

Banks Miller

Brett Curry

Oxford University Press

This chapter thoroughly describes the data we use to test our hypotheses. Included in that description is a discussion of the five issue areas we study: immigration, narcotics, terrorism, weapons, and white-collar. The chapter considers the salience and complexity of these substantive areas and characterizes partisan preferences in each as they relate to case filings and sentence length. It also explores how trends in both filings and sentencing have changed over time and provides descriptive evidence about changes in the centralization of priorities across issue areas within the DOJ. Additionally, the chapter contains an overview of the post-service careers of U.S. Attorneys (USAs).

Keywords:   United States Attorney, immigration, narcotics, terrorism, weapons, white-collar, Operation Streamline, Operation Triggerlock, War on Terror, War on Drugs

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