THE INFLUENCE OF IDEOLOGY ON CONGRESSIONAL VOTING

THE INFLUENCE OF IDEOLOGY ON CONGRESSIONAL VOTING This paper investigates the influence of ideology on congressional voting. The conceptual framework is based on the assumption that the congressman's objective is the maximization of the expected value of his office. A comparative analysis of voting on two proposed floor amendments to the U. S. House Administration Committee's 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act bill indicates that congressmen will ignore ideological considerations when the opportunity cost of not ignoring them is sufficiently high. Voting on one of these amendments is found to be consistent with shirking as broadly defined. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economic Inquiry Wiley

THE INFLUENCE OF IDEOLOGY ON CONGRESSIONAL VOTING

Economic Inquiry, Volume 29 (3) – Jul 1, 1991

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1991 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0095-2583
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1465-7295
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10.1111/j.1465-7295.1991.tb00836.x
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Abstract

This paper investigates the influence of ideology on congressional voting. The conceptual framework is based on the assumption that the congressman's objective is the maximization of the expected value of his office. A comparative analysis of voting on two proposed floor amendments to the U. S. House Administration Committee's 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act bill indicates that congressmen will ignore ideological considerations when the opportunity cost of not ignoring them is sufficiently high. Voting on one of these amendments is found to be consistent with shirking as broadly defined.

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Economic InquiryWiley

Published: Jul 1, 1991

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