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Position-Taking and Cosponsorship in the U.S. House
Legislative Studies Quarterly (2003)
  • Gregory Koger , University of Miami
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • Cosponsoring,
  • Agenda-setting,
  • Entrepreneurship
Publication Date
2003
Citation Information
Gregory Koger. "Position-Taking and Cosponsorship in the U.S. House" Legislative Studies Quarterly Vol. 28 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gregorykoger/10/