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Fearing a primary challenger from their own party in the next election, House representatives have little incentive to compromise on the budget

Cooperman, Rosalyn (2013) Fearing a primary challenger from their own party in the next election, House representatives have little incentive to compromise on the budget. LSE American Politics and Policy (09 Oct 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The current government shutdown has been marked by the near complete failure of Republicans and Democrats to communicate and negotiate towards a solution. Rosalyn Cooperman looks at the reasons behind this lack of communication, arguing that because the majority of Republicans and Democrats have relatively safe seats in the House of Representatives, they have little incentive to adopt a compromising stance due to the threat of a primary challenger from within their own party at the next election. The two dozen Republicans who are in favor of a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution on the budget, on the other hand, are mostly those who represent ‘swing’ districts, and therefore have no re-election incentive for taking an unyielding party line stance.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 11:23
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58271

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