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Members of Congress are less loyal to their party closer to an election, making a vote to authorize force against ISIL unlikely before November

Lindstädt, Rene and Vander Wielen, Ryan J. (2014) Members of Congress are less loyal to their party closer to an election, making a vote to authorize force against ISIL unlikely before November. LSE American Politics and Policy (07 Oct 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Many commentators have expressed concern that Congress has not yet taken a formal vote to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIL). In new research, René Lindstädt and Ryan J. Vander Wielen explore why Congress is so reluctant to put issues such as this to a vote around election time. By analyzing party votes, where one party votes in opposition to the other, they find that members are more likely to vote with their party when elections are distant, but as they become nearer, this likelihood falls, as members become concerned about electoral reprisals from their constituents. This means that party leaders are far less likely to schedule highly partisan votes close to an election, for fear of losing votes and seats

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 12:31
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 19:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60316

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