Constituency Opinion and Congressional Policy Making: The Reagan Defense Buildup

  title={Constituency Opinion and Congressional Policy Making: The Reagan Defense Buildup},
  author={Larry M. Bartels},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={457 - 474}
  • Larry M. Bartels
  • Published 1 June 1991
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Rrepresentatives' votes on a series of defense budget roll calls in the first year of the Reagan administration's Pentagon buildup are related to constituency opinions on defense spending during the 1980 election campaign. The strong aggregate constituency demand for increased defense spending in 1980 is estimated to have added almost $17 billion (about 10%) to the total fiscal year 1982 Pentagon appropriation. The impact of constituency opinion was largely independent of specific political… 

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