Needs, Norms and Food Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives
University of North Texas - Department of Political Science
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Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper
This paper explores legislative behavior on food policy in the U.S. House of representatives. Historically, policymaking in this area has been decidedly bipartisan. We are especially interested in whether that pattern holds, in the context of a decidedly partisan era. Moreover, we pay special attention to the influence of religious affiliation. Scholarship investigating the influence of religion on legislative behavior often focuses on cultural issues, such as abortion and gay rights. We argue, however, that a more rigorous test of the influence of religion on legislative behavior should focus on a broad array of issues, such as domestic social policy. The polity may not understand this domain in explicitly religious terms, but religious values are clearly implicated in issues of poverty and justice. To test this argument, this paper analyzes a vote on food policy in the U.S. House of Representatives. The findings indicate that while party, ideology, and district need affect legislative behavior, so too does religious affiliation.
Date posted: March 29, 2010