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Listen to What I Say, Not How I Vote: Congressional Support for the President in Washington and at Home

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  • Christian R. Grose
  • Keesha M. Middlemass

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Are legislators' party affiliations or is district partisanship the greatest predictor of legislative support of the president? Do members of the U.S. House emphasize different policy positions when casting roll calls than when communicating their positions to constituents? We theorize that party is less important in legislators' district-oriented behavior than in roll-call voting. When casting roll calls, legislators are agents facing multiple principals, namely, political party leaders and their district constituencies. When engaging in district-oriented behavior, the only key principal is the legislator's constituency. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Christian R. Grose & Keesha M. Middlemass, 2010. "Listen to What I Say, Not How I Vote: Congressional Support for the President in Washington and at Home," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(1), pages 143-167.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:1:p:143-167
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