The Value of Committee Assignments in Congress Since 1994
Charles Stewart III
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science
April 6, 2012
Midwest Political Science Association, 2012
MIT Political Science Department Research Paper 2012-7
Using the Grosewart method of computing the value of committee service, I examine whether the Republican takeover of the House in 1995 led to a change in how members of Congress value service on committees. I show that the common value associated with service on committees has declined in the House since 1995, but not in the Senate. Although the formal changes to the House committee system were associated with formal changes championed by the Republican Party, Democrats and Republicans both assess the value of committee service similarly in the post-1995 era.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 7, 2012 ; Last revised: May 17, 2012
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