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Revealing the Anatomy of Vote Trading

24 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2016  

Omar A Guerrero

Alan Turing Institute - Alan Turing Institute; University College London - Department of Economics

Ulrich Matter

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research

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Date Written: November 4, 2016

Abstract

Cooperation in the form of vote trading, also known as logrolling, is central for law-making processes, shaping the development of democratic societies. Empirical evidence of logrolling is scarce and limited to highly specific situations because existing methods are not easily applicable to broader contexts. We have developed a general and scalable methodology for revealing a network of vote traders, allowing us to measure logrolling on a large scale. Analysis on more than 9 million votes spanning 40 years in the U.S. Congress reveals a higher logrolling prevalence in the Senate and an overall decreasing trend over recent congresses, coincidental with high levels of political polarization. Our method is applicable in multiple contexts, shedding light on many aspects of logrolling and opening new doors in the study of hidden cooperation.

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Guerrero, Omar A and Matter, Ulrich, Revealing the Anatomy of Vote Trading (November 4, 2016). Saïd Business School WP 2016-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2864445

Omar Guerrero (Contact Author)

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Ulrich Matter

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research

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