Redistricting and Party Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives

@article{Carson2007RedistrictingAP,
  title={Redistricting and Party Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives},
  author={Jamie L. Carson and Michael H. Crespin and C. Finocchiaro and David W. Rohde},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={878 - 904}
}
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 of congressional politics is that changes in district boundaries resulting from the redistricting process are a root cause. Using a new data set linking congressional districts from 1962 to 2002, we offer a direct test of this claim. Our results show that although there is an overall trend of increasing… Expand

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