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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. ByExpand
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 increasingExpand
Spatial Models of Parliamentary Voting
1. Introduction 2. The geometry of parliamentary roll call voting 3. The optimal classification method 4. Probabilistic spatial models of parliamentary voting 5. Practical issues in computing spatialExpand
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 theExpand
Poverty, the Coup Trap, and the Seizure of Executive Power
The transfer of power through the use of military force is a commonplace event in world affairs. Although no two coups d'etat are alike, they all have a common denominator: poverty. We analyzeExpand
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 newExpand
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.Expand
This paper develops a scaling procedure for estimating the latent/unobservable dimensions underlying a set of manifest/observable variables. The scaling procedure performs, in effect, a singularExpand
Income redistribution and the realignment of American politics
What kinds of considerations have historically had an important influence on congressional voting patterns? This analysis demonstrates that income redistribution implications have had a strong andExpand
The Relationship Between Information, Ideology, and Voting Behavior
The question of voter sophistication is important for understanding voter and candidate behavior in mass elections. We develop an index of voter information - based on perceptual data - and find thatExpand