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The Electoral Costs of Party Loyalty in Congress
To what extent is party loyalty a liability for incumbent legislators? Past research on legislative voting and elections suggests that voters punish members who are ideologically “out of step” withExpand
Redistricting and Party Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives
The elevated levels of party polarization observed in the contemporary Congress have been attributed to a variety of factors. One of the more commonly recurring themes among observers ofExpand
Candidate Quality, the Personal Vote, and the Incumbency Advantage in Congress
Most political observers agree that incumbent legislators have a considerable advantage over nonincumbents in modern congressional elections. Yet there is still disagreement over the exact source ofExpand
The Impact of National Tides and District-Level Effects on Electoral Outcomes: The U.S. Congressional Elections of 1862-63
We examine the U.S. Congressional elections of 1862-63, which resulted in a stunning setback for President Abraham Lincoln and the incumbent Republican Party. After the electoral "dust" had cleared,Expand
Shirking in the Contemporary Congress: A Reappraisal
This paper replicates the findings that appeared in the article “Severing the Electoral Connection: Shirking in the Contemporary Congress,” published in the American Journal of Political ScienceExpand
Reevaluating the Effects of Redistricting on Electoral Competition, 1972–2012
In this note, we revisit the work of Carson and Crespinto examine the effect of different redistricting plans on competitiveness in U.S. House elections. Similar to the previous results, our probitExpand
Parties as Procedural Coalitions in Congress: An Examination of Differing Career Tracks
We examine the degree to which parties act as procedural coalitions in Congress by testing predictions from the party cartel theory (Cox and McCubbins 1993, 1994, 2002). We gain leverage on theExpand
This paper addresses a new issue in sanctions research: the determinants of the time it takes for nations to return to presanctions levels of trade after a sanctions episode ends. The authors argueExpand
Strategy, Selection, and Candidate Competition in U.S. House and Senate Elections
In the context of congressional elections research on candidate competition, two lines of inquiry have received a considerable amount of scholarly attention. The first deals with the issue ofExpand