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The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass gun control legislation is the victory of an intense minority against an apathetic majority

Bouton, Laurent, Conconi, Paola, Pino, Francisco J and Zanardi, Maurizio (2013) The U.S. Senate’s failure to pass gun control legislation is the victory of an intense minority against an apathetic majority. LSE American Politics and Policy (12 Dec 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Despite support from around 90 percent of US citizens in the wake of 2012’s Sandy Hook School shooting, expanded background checks for gun purchases failed in the US Senate. Laurent Bouton, Paola Conconi, Francisco J Pino, and Maurizio Zanardi write that this ‘gun-control paradox’ can be explained by the fact that the intensity of voters’ preferences differs across policy issues, and voters only have one vote with which to hold politicians accountable on a bundle of issues. A model incorporating these features predicts Senate voting behaviour very well, finding that Senators closer to re-election are more likely to vote pro-gun, and only Democrats ‘flip-flop’ on guns.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 13:18
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2019 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58431

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