Where’s the Tea Party? An Examination of the Tea Party’s Voting Behavior in the House of Representatives

  title={Where’s the Tea Party? An Examination of the Tea Party’s Voting Behavior in the House of Representatives},
  author={Jordan Ragusa and Antonio K. Gaspar},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={361 - 372}
Does the Tea Party affect how lawmakers vote? Given the possible spurious effect of a representative’s ideology, we leverage natural variation in the Tea Party’s existence and examine this question through the lens of party switching. Like when lawmakers change parties, representatives who (1) joined Tea Party Caucus and (2) had a large volume of Tea Party activists in their district underwent a significant shift to the right in the 112th Congress. We believe these findings support both… 

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