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Legislative Persistence: A Comparison of the United States Senate in 1850 and 1860

Dean L. Yarwood
Midwest Journal of Political Science
Vol. 11, No. 2 (May, 1967), pp. 193-211
DOI: 10.2307/2109111
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2109111
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

It is suggested in this paper that students of legislative systems might gain much valuable information by studying persistence of legislatures. In this connection, the Senate of 1849-1850 is compared to that of 1859-1860 on the basis of voting patterns. Such variables as the arrangement of cleavages, the proportion of brokers, and the cohesion of various types of units such as brokers, sections, and legislative parties are analyzed for their relevance to this problem.

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