Shannon Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300 <email@example.com>.
The Impact of Party and Ideology on Roll-Call Voting in State Legislatures
Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2011
2006 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 235–257, May 2006
How to Cite
JENKINS, S. (2006), The Impact of Party and Ideology on Roll-Call Voting in State Legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 31: 235–257. doi: 10.3162/036298006X201797
- Issue online: 7 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2011
To assess the relative impact of party and ideology on legislative behavior, I utilize survey-based measures of legislator ideology to examine voting in five state legislatures. The results suggest that, although party and ideology both influence voting, the impact of party is greater. The magnitude of this impact varies, however, from chamber to chamber. The activity of parties in the electoral arena explains part of this variance, with more active parties having more influence. Thus, research on legislative behavior should focus on the context surrounding the decision-making process in order for us to understand the influences on voting.