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The Impact of Party and Ideology on Roll Call Voting in State Legislatures
Legislative Studies Quarterly (2006)
  • Shannon Jenkins
Abstract

To assess the relative impact of party and ideology on legislative behavior, I utilize survey-based measures of legislator ideology to examine voting in five state legislatures. The results suggest that, although party and ideology both influence voting, the impact of party is greater. The magnitude of this impact varies, however, from chamber to chamber. The activity of parties in the electoral arena explains part of this variance, with more active parties having more influence. Thus, research on legislative behavior should focus on the context surrounding the decision-making process in order for us to understand the influences on voting.

Keywords
  • state legislatures,
  • roll call voting,
  • political party
Disciplines
Publication Date
May, 2006
Citation Information
Shannon Jenkins. "The Impact of Party and Ideology on Roll Call Voting in State Legislatures" Legislative Studies Quarterly Vol. 31 Iss. 2 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shannon_jenkins/8/