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  • To defeat an incumbent mayor, run in an off-cycle election year

    CityLab - 12/20/2017

    “The incumbency advantage is a hallmark of when there’s a problem of accountability,” says Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, a research associate at the Boston Area Research Initiative at Harvard University and Northeastern University. “If people are re-electing any kind of elected official at a higher rate just because they’re an incumbent, and not because they’re necessarily better at governing, that’s a problem for how we think of democracy.”

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