William D. Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in political science and Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is Associate Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2140 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43235.
The Keys to Legislative Success in the U.S. House of Representatives
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2003 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 357–386, August 2003
How to Cite
ANDERSON, W. D., BOX-STEFFENSMEIER, J. M. and SINCLAIR-CHAPMAN, V. (2003), The Keys to Legislative Success in the U.S. House of Representatives. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 28: 357–386. doi: 10.3162/036298003X200926
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
Our research addresses how individual member behavior and institutional variables affect legislative success in the U.S. House of Representatives. Using new measures of activity from the 103d Congress (1993–94), a count dependent variable, and negative binomial regression, our analysis assesses member effectiveness. We find that a member's activity level encourages legislative success, but gains are limited when members speak or sponsor too frequently. Our results provide a clearer picture of the role of legislative context and the relevance of institutions in determining a member's legislative successes and failures.