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The Influence of Ideology on Congressional Voting

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This paper investigates the influence of ideology on congressional voting. The conceptual framework is based on the assumption that the congressman's objective is the maximization of the expected value of his office. A comparative analysis of voting on two proposed floor amendments to the U.S. House Administration Committee's 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act bill indicates that congressman will ignore ideological considerations when the opportunity cost of not ignoring them is sufficiently high. Voting on one of these amendments is found to be consistent with shirking as broadly defined. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Bender, Bruce, 1991. "The Influence of Ideology on Congressional Voting," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 29(3), pages 416-428, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:29:y:1991:i:3:p:416-28
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    1. Peter A. Zaleski & Penny Maier Donati, 2000. "Tort Reform Voting in the U.S. Senate," Public Finance Review, , vol. 28(5), pages 415-427, September.
    2. B. Chupp, 2014. "Political interaction in the senate: estimating a political “spatial” weights matrix and an application to lobbying behavior," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 160(3), pages 521-538, September.
    3. Potters, Jan & Sloof, Randolph, 1996. "Interest groups: A survey of empirical models that try to assess their influence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 403-442, November.

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