The Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock, 1947–96

  title={The Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock, 1947–96},
  author={Sarah Binder},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={519 - 533}
  • Sarah Binder
  • Published 1 September 1999
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
David Mayhew's Divided We Govern(1991) sparked an industry of scholars who alternately challenge or confirm the work on theoretical and empirical grounds. Still, we lack a definitive account of the proportions and causes of legislative gridlock. I revisit the effects of elections and institutions on policy outcomes to propose an alternative theory of gridlock: The distribution of policy preferences within the parties, between the two chambers, and across Congress more broadly is central to… 

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