Dimensions, Issues, and Bills: Appropriations Voting on the House Floor

Journal of Politics, Vol. 72, No. 4, pp. 976-989, 2010

Posted: 19 Aug 2011

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Michael Crespin

University of Texas at Dallas - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

David W. Rohde

Duke University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

One of the fundamental findings in the congressional literature is that one or sometimes two dimensions can successfully describe roll-call voting. In this paper we investigate if we can reach the same conclusions about low dimensionality when we divide the roll-call agenda into subsets of relatively homogeneous subject matter. We are primarily interested in the degree to which the same ordering of representatives is yielded across these different groups of votes. To conduct our analysis we focus on all roll calls on the 13 annual appropriations bills across eight congresses. When we concentrate on these smaller issue areas, we find that voting is multidimensional and members do not vote in a consistent ideological fashion across all issue areas.

Keywords: Congress, voting, dimensionality

Suggested Citation

Crespin, Michael and Rohde, David W., Dimensions, Issues, and Bills: Appropriations Voting on the House Floor (October 1, 2010). Journal of Politics, Vol. 72, No. 4, pp. 976-989, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1912021

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