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Legislators flip-flop on passing a bill when they think voters want them to, but only when it’s visible

Cayton, Adam (2017) Legislators flip-flop on passing a bill when they think voters want them to, but only when it’s visible. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Feb 2017). Website.

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Abstract

People often perceive politicians as being both inconsistent and uncompromising despite the fact that these perceptions cannot both be true. In reality, legislators have to walk a fine line between responsiveness and consistency to remain in good standing with both their party and their voters. In new research, Adam Cayton studies how and when legislators do change their positions on issues. He finds that members of Congress change positions on very visible final passage votes in response to their districts, but not on poorly understood procedural votes.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 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: 07 Mar 2017 14:21
Last Modified: 25 May 2020 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69722

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