Ideology and Legislator Shirking
AbstractThe authors argue that legislator shirking (voting on the basis of personal ideology rather than the interests of one's constituents) can exist, but its appearance should conform to the law of demand. They test and confirm this theory using votes on defense expenditure bills in the U.S. Senate in 1982. The authors assume the cost of shirking is relatively higher on narrowly focused bills on specific weapons systems with well-defined beneficiaries, and relatively lower on general defense expenditure bills with uncertain final distribution of funds. Greater influence for senators' ideology in general versus specific bills is found. Copyright 1987 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 25 (1987)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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