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Incumbent Meaning
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What does incumbent mean?
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of being an incumbent candidate?
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7.5 Define incumbency. Discuss incumbent advantages.
Published: 2013/11/17
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The Incumbent
Published: 2017/01/25
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Soul Coughing - The Incumbent
Published: 2012/08/12
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Electoral Results Delayed in Honduras Presidential Election As Opposition Candidate Leads Incumbent
Published: 2017/11/29
Channel: Democracy Now!
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Published: 2017/10/18
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FlytimeTv - Word Of The Day (Incumbent)
Published: 2012/10/05
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incumbent (up)on (someone)
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: The Free Dictionary
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How to Challenge An Incumbent
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: WNYC
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Eleksyon 2016: Incumbent Manila Mayor Estrada, nangunguna sa pagka-alkalde
Published: 2016/05/09
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Incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at dating Mayor Alfredo Lim, dikit pa rin ng laban
Published: 2016/05/10
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Murali Vijay should return as he is the incumbent opener - Harsha Bhogle
Murali Vijay should return as he is the incumbent opener - Harsha Bhogle
Published: 2017/11/14
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What Does It Mean Incumbent?
Published: 2017/09/04
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Soul Coughing - The Incumbent (Early Version)
Published: 2010/01/29
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Primary Challenges Threaten Incumbent Republicans
Published: 2013/12/01
Channel: The Young Turks
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Gina Ortiz Jones challenges incumbent Republican congressman
Published: 2017/12/08
Channel: TFCBalitangAmerica
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Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: Fuchs AP GOV
George Latimer Wins Stunning Upset Over Incumbent Westchester Executive
George Latimer Wins Stunning Upset Over Incumbent Westchester Executive
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: CBS New York
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Incumbent Worker Training
Published: 2015/01/21
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Incumbent waltz
Published: 2014/04/27
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Incumbent govt used state resources to campaign - EU observers
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: NTV Kenya
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Incumbent Republican congressman facing tough reelection
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: Fox News
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Stephen Kepley Kentwood Mayor - Incumbent
Published: 2017/10/23
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Incumbent Waltz
Published: 2015/07/02
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Iran election: Incumbent president Rouhani faces ultimate test
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: Al Jazeera English
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Hon. Patrick Amuriat wins FDC presidential election ousting incumbent Mugisha Muntu
Published: 2017/11/25
Channel: NTVUganda
Kenya: Incumbent Kenyatta wins disputed elections with 98.2 percent
Kenya: Incumbent Kenyatta wins disputed elections with 98.2 percent
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
2 Kilifi speaker candidates want incumbent Kahindi out of race
2 Kilifi speaker candidates want incumbent Kahindi out of race
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: The Star Kenya
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speed to value: how to kill incumbent insurance providers
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: Agency Nation
Pōti17:  Meet Hauraki-Waikato MP incumbent, Nanaia Mahuta
Pōti17: Meet Hauraki-Waikato MP incumbent, Nanaia Mahuta
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: Te Karere TVNZ
Soul Coughing- The Incumbent
Soul Coughing- The Incumbent
Published: 2008/09/21
Channel: EF86
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How JB Straubel of Tesla Breaks Through Incumbent Thinking
Published: 2015/08/17
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Minister Akila responded to the Chief Incumbent of Rangiri Dambulu Vihara
Minister Akila responded to the Chief Incumbent of Rangiri Dambulu Vihara
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Hiru News
Kanyeihamba: Amendment should not favour only incumbent
Kanyeihamba: Amendment should not favour only incumbent
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: NTVUganda
Incumbent Samuel Chepkonga beats opponent in repeat primary in Munyaka
Incumbent Samuel Chepkonga beats opponent in repeat primary in Munyaka
Published: 2017/05/06
Channel: NTV Kenya
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Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
NOCK Elections halted: Candidates blame incumbent officials for delay
NOCK Elections halted: Candidates blame incumbent officials for delay
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: NTV Kenya
24 Oras: Incumbent Mayor Estrada, iprinoklamang alkalde ng Maynila
24 Oras: Incumbent Mayor Estrada, iprinoklamang alkalde ng Maynila
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: GMA News
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Incumbent Bike Commercial
Published: 2012/08/11
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How to Pronounce Incumbent
How to Pronounce Incumbent
Published: 2013/04/30
Channel: Emma Saying
Incumbent Michael Lehman
Incumbent Michael Lehman
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: AM1480WLEA
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Petahana Terjemahan dari Kata "Incumbent"
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: KOMPASTV
Jim HILL, the man who beat INCUMBENT MAYOR as a WRITE-IN
Jim HILL, the man who beat INCUMBENT MAYOR as a WRITE-IN
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: William WAGENER
Nicaragua: Incumbent Daniel Ortega casts vote in presidential elections
Nicaragua: Incumbent Daniel Ortega casts vote in presidential elections
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: Ruptly TV
Protests erupt in Gilgil after incumbent MP is denied certificate
Protests erupt in Gilgil after incumbent MP is denied certificate
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: NTV Kenya
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GOP incumbent walks line in PA on supporting Trump
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: PBS NewsHour
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The incumbent is the current holder of a political office. This term is usually used in reference to elections, in which races can often be defined as being between an incumbent and non-incumbent(s). For example, in the Hungarian presidential election, 2017, János Áder was the incumbent, because he had been the president in the term before the term for which the election sought to determine the president. A race without an incumbent is referred to as an open seat.

Etymology

The word "incumbent" is derived from the Latin verb incumbere, literally meaning "to lean or lay upon" with the present participle stem incumbent-, "leaning a variant of encumber,[1] while encumber is derived from the root cumber,[2] most appropriately defined: "To occupy obstructively or inconveniently; to block fill up with what hinders freedom of motion or action; to burden, load."[3]

Incumbency advantage

In general, incumbents have structural advantages over challengers during elections. The timing of elections may be determined by the incumbent instead of a set schedule. For most political offices, the incumbent often has more name recognition due to their previous work in the office. Incumbents also have easier access to campaign finance, as well as government resources (such as the franking privilege) that can be indirectly used to boost a campaign. An election (especially for a single-member constituency in a legislature) in which no incumbent is running is often called an open seat; because of the lack of incumbency advantage, these are often amongst the most hotly contested races in any election.

When newcomers look to fill an open office, voters tend to compare and contrast the candidates' qualifications, positions on political issues, and personal characteristics in a relatively straightforward way. Elections featuring an incumbent, on the other hand, are, as Guy Molyneux puts it, "fundamentally a referendum on the incumbent."[4] Voters will first grapple with the record of the incumbent. Only if they decide to "fire" the incumbent do they begin to evaluate whether each of the challengers is an acceptable alternative.

A 2017 study in the British Journal of Political Science argues that the incumbency advantage stems from the fact that voters evaluate the incumbent's ideology individually whereas they assume that any challenger shares his party's ideology.[5] This means that the incumbency advantage gets more significant as political polarization increases.[5] A 2017 study in the Journal of Politics found that incumbents have "a far larger advantage" in on-cycle elections than in off-cycle elections.[6]

Sophomore surge

Political analysts in the United States and United Kingdom have noted the existence of a sophomore surge in which first term representatives see an increase in votes in their first election. This phenomenon is said to bring an advantage of up to 10% for first term representatives, which increases the incumbency advantage.

Anti-incumbency

However, there exist scenarios in which the incumbency factor itself leads to the downfall of the incumbent. Popularly known as the anti-incumbency factor, situations of this kind occur when the incumbent has proven himself not worthy of office during his tenure and the challengers demonstrate this to the voters. An anti-incumbency factor can also be responsible for bringing down incumbents who have been in office for many successive terms despite performance indicators, simply because the voters are convinced by the challengers of a need for change. It is also argued that the holders of extensively powerful offices are subject to immense pressure which leaves them politically impotent and unable to command enough public confidence for re-election; such is the case, for example, with the Presidency of France.[7]


Nick Panagakis, a pollster, coined what he dubbed the incumbent rule in 1989—that any voter who claims to be undecided towards the end of the election will probably end up voting for a challenger.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ OED (1989), p. 834
  2. ^ OED (1989), p. 218
  3. ^ OED (1989), p. 124
  4. ^ Guy Molyneux, The Big Five-Oh, The American Prospect, 1 October 2004.
  5. ^ a b Peskowitz, Zachary (2017-05-01). "Ideological Signaling and Incumbency Advantage". British Journal of Political Science: 1–24. doi:10.1017/S0007123416000557. ISSN 0007-1234. 
  6. ^ de Benedictis-Kessner, Justin (2017-12-07). "Off-Cycle and Out of Office: Election Timing and the Incumbency Advantage". The Journal of Politics: 000–000. doi:10.1086/694396. ISSN 0022-3816. 
  7. ^ Robert Tombs (May 2, 2017). "France's Presidency Is Too Powerful to Work". Polling Report. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  8. ^ Nick Panagakis (February 27, 1989). "Incumbent Rule". Polling Report. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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