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Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues.

Cooper, Christopher A., Gibbs Knotts, H. and Ragusa, Jordan (2016) Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (12 Oct 2016). Website.

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Abstract

For over a century, state governors have had the power to appoint US Senators to vacant seats, a power which runs against the idea of Senators as being democratic representatives. But do governors appoint those with similar ideologies to themselves? In new research which reviewed senate candidates considered by governors to fill vacancies, Christopher Cooper, H. Gibbs Knotts, and Jordan Ragusa find that while they rarely appoint senators from a different party, they tend to skew towards the middle – appointing those who are closest to the ideology of the state’s median voter.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; 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: 29 Nov 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68408

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