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Position-Taking and Cosponsorship in the U.S. House

Gregory Koger, University of Miami


Bill cosponsorship has become an important part of the legislative and electoral process in the modern House of Representatives. Using interviews with congressional members and staff, I explain the role of cosponsorship as a signal to agenda setters and a form of position taking for constituents. Regression analysis confirms that cosponsoring varies with a member's electoral circumstances, institutional position, and state size, but generally members have adapted slowly to the introduction of cosponsorship to the rules and practice of the House.

Suggested Citation

Gregory Koger. "Position-Taking and Cosponsorship in the U.S. House" Legislative Studies Quarterly 28 (2003): 225-246.
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