Where's the Party?

  • Krehbiel K
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Political parties are prominent in legislative politics and legislative research. Using data from\r
the 99th Congress, this article assesses the degree to which significant party behaviour - defined\r
and operationalized as behaviour that is independent of preferences - occurs in two key stages\r
of legislative organization: the formation of standing committees and the appointment of con-\r
ferees. Four hypotheses are developed and tested. When controlling for preferences and other\r
hypothesized effects, positive and significant party effects are rare. A discussion addresses some\r
criticisms of this unorthodox approach and attempts to reconcile some differences between\r
these and previous

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