Partisan Bridges to Bipartisanship in a Polarized World: The Case of Women’s Contraceptive Coverage

Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 43. Issue 3. (2018)

33 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2021

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Bailey Sanders

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Date Written: October 16, 2018

Abstract

The negative consequences of polarization have been pointed to by scholars and politicians alike as evidence of a need for a renewal of bipartisanship. However, scholarship on bipartisanship remains limited. This article develops a theory of partisan bridging that predicts when and why certain legislators might be willing to cross the partisan aisle. I argue that personal preferences can lead some legislators to cross the aisle in search of consensus, in effect serving as “partisan bridges.” I test my theory by examining the role of Republican women in the diffusion of contraceptive coverage at the state level. Through an individual‐level analysis of sponsorship and vote choice and an aggregate‐level analysis of policy diffusion, I find that moderate Republican women at times served as critical actors in the policy process.

Suggested Citation

Sanders, Bailey, Partisan Bridges to Bipartisanship in a Polarized World: The Case of Women’s Contraceptive Coverage (October 16, 2018). Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 43. Issue 3. (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3944063

Bailey Sanders (Contact Author)

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ( email )

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