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Congressional Voting over Legislative Careers: Shifting Positions and Changing Constraints

Thomas Stratmann
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 94, No. 3 (Sep., 2000), pp. 665-676
DOI: 10.2307/2585838
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2585838
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Congressional Voting over Legislative Careers: Shifting Positions and Changing Constraints
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Abstract

The proposed model predicts that voting behavior of legislators is more variable early in their career and that junior members are more likely to vote with their party than senior members. The results from the analysis of voting patterns in the House of Representatives and the Senate are consistent with the hypotheses: Party line voting and variability of voting decisions decline with increasing seniority. Changes in voting behavior are also induced by redistricting. The empirical results show that legislators subject to redistricting change their voting behavior to accord better with altered constituency preferences.

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