Kristina C. Miler <firstname.lastname@example.org> is Assistant Professor of Political Science, 361 Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801.
The View from the Hill: Legislative Perceptions Of the District
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2007 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 597–628, November 2007
How to Cite
MILER, K. C. (2007), The View from the Hill: Legislative Perceptions Of the District. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 32: 597–628. doi: 10.3162/036298007782398477
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
This article addresses legislative perceptions of constituents' interests and develops a theory of perception that highlights the role of information accessibility in the formation of legislative offices' views of their districts. I used original data regarding health policy in the U.S. House to analyze perceptions of constituents' interests. I found that legislators do not see all constituents in their district, nor do they see the largest constituencies. Rather, legislators are more likely to see active and resource-rich constituents. These findings provide unique evidence of the influence of money in Congress and suggest that legislative misperception is both common and systematically biased.