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Partisan responsiveness in the US House of Representatives, 1997-2005 McAndrews, John R

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In this paper, I develop and test a new theory of partisan responsiveness. The theory suggests that members of Congress will be most responsive to the average same-party voter compared with the average voter on high polarization-low salience issues and most responsive to the average voter compared with the average same-party voter on low polarization-high salience issues. I test these predictions on four issues - free trade, the Patriot Act, taxes and abortion - using the 2000 and 2004 National Annenberg Election Surveys. The results offer only partial support for the theory.

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