Discourse and Dissonance: Reflecting on the Republican Revolution
26 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2014
This paper investigates the religious dimension of Republican legislators’ participation in one-minute speeches during the 104th Congress (1995-1996). Many have characterized the House Republican Conference that emerged after the 1994 elections as a highly cohesive majority party. Even in the context of a highly unified Conference, however, legislators represent their own varied personal agendas, and in part these are informed by religion. We topically coded a subset of floor speeches to measure the extent to which variation is observed in the issues addressed by Members of Congress. With an analysis of 787 speeches, the findings demonstrate that on key issues, such as health policy, macroeconomics, and family issues, speech participation varies systematically on the basis of member religion.
Keywords: religion, Congress
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