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Why talking won’t help presidents win bipartisan support

Baker, Travis J. (2016) Why talking won’t help presidents win bipartisan support. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (05 Sep 2016). Website.

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Do presidents unite or divide Congress? In new research which analyses more than 6,000 roll call votes over nearly 40 years, Travis J. Baker finds that members of the opposition party are about 6 percent less likely to support a president’s priorities than members of the president’s party. This occurs even when legislators have the same voting record, and the differences get wider as presidents speak for longer on the issue. He argues that this effect is mainly driven by divided government, since at those times Congress is more likely to vote for bills which are opposed to the president’s agenda.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:24

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