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Needs, Norms and Food Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives

Posted: 29 Mar 2010  

Elizabeth Oldmixon

University of North Texas - Department of Political Science

David Schecter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

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.

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Oldmixon, Elizabeth and Schecter, David, Needs, Norms and Food Policy in the U.S. House of Representatives. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1580564

Elizabeth Oldmixon (Contact Author)

University of North Texas - Department of Political Science ( email )

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David Schecter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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