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Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting
In this wide-ranging study, the authors use 200 years of congressional roll call voting as a framework for an interpretation of important episodes in American political and economic history. By
Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches
The idea of America as politically polarized—that there is an unbridgeable divide between right and left, red and blue states—has become a cliche. What commentators miss, however, is that increasing
A Spatial Model for Legislative Roll Call Analysis
A general nonlinear logit model is used to analyze political choice data. The model assumes probabilistic voting based on a spatial utility function. The parameters of the utility function and the
Voter Participation and Strategic Uncertainty
The paradox of not voting is examined in a model where voters have uncertainty about the preferences and costs of other voters. In game-theoretic models of voter participation under complete
A strategic calculus of voting
ConclusionThere are several major insights which this game theoretic analysis has produced. First, we have shown that equilibria exist with substantial turnout even when both the majority is much
Why Hasn't Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?
During the past two generations, democratic forms have coexisted with massive increases in economic inequality in the United States and many other advanced democracies. Moreover, these new
Political resource allocation, controlled agendas, and the status quo
Economic analysis requires modelling political as well as market resource allocation. Voting institutions, in particular two-candidate majority rule elections and voting on motions, have been a
Partisan Politics, Divided Government, and the Economy
1. Introduction 2. Models of policy divergence 3. A theory of institutional balancing 4. The midterm cycle 5. Diversity, persistence, and mobility 6. Incumbency and moderation 7. Partisan business
Patterns of congressional voting
Congressional roll call voting has been highly structured for most of U.S. history. The structure is revealed by a dynamic, spatial analysis of the entire roll call voting record from 1789 to 1985.