The Dynamics of Partisan Behavior: CPG in the House and in the Districts 1982-2000

44 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2007

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John Aldrich

Duke University - Department of Political Science

Michael C. Brady

Duke University - Department of Political Science

Scott de Marchi

Duke University

Ian McDonald

Portland State University

Brendan Nyhan

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

David W. Rohde

Duke University - Department of Political Science

Michael Tofias

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Political Science

Abstract

This study uses congressional district data to explore the relationship between electoral constituencies and legislative behavior. We demonstrate a relationship between conditional party government (CPG) and the fit between members' party affiliation and their districts. This suggests that CPG may be partly driven by members' response to district preferences. As majority party members' districts become increasingly supportive of their party, members may support the delegation of power to their party leadership in order to move outcomes away from the chamber median.

Keywords: conditional party government, CPG, constituency, demographics

Suggested Citation

Aldrich, John and Brady, Michael C. and de Marchi, Scott and McDonald, Ian and Nyhan, Brendan and Rohde, David W. and Tofias, Michael, The Dynamics of Partisan Behavior: CPG in the House and in the Districts 1982-2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1016183

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Michael C. Brady

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Scott De Marchi

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Ian McDonald

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Brendan Nyhan

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

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David W. Rohde

Duke University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Michael Tofias

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