Policy Seekers Or Vote Maximizers? Tea Party Republicans In The U.S. House

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dc.contributor.author Andrew Markoski
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-23T20:22:06Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-23T20:22:06Z
dc.date.issued 04/11/2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12088/7589
dc.description dc.description
dc.description.abstract Although scholars have focused on the legislative goals of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, no study examines whether Tea Party members operate predominantly as policy seekers or as electorally driven vote maximizers. Therefore I ask: Did incumbent Republican legislators join the Tea Party Caucus before the 2010 elections to boost their chances of passing extremely conservative bills or to increase their reelection prospects? To answer this question, I examine the legislative records of these incumbents from 2002 to 2010 to see whether they routinely promoted a conservative strategy that conflicted with and was more extreme than the Republican platform. I also examine the level of voter support that these incumbents received before and after joining the Tea Party Caucus to see whether they enjoyed electoral gains from their new caucus membership. I find that Tea Party incumbents failed to use policy-seeking strategies and worked to maximize their electoral support.
dc.description.sponsorship William Bendix
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Keene State College
dc.subject Political Science
dc.title Policy Seekers Or Vote Maximizers? Tea Party Republicans In The U.S. House
dc.type Presentation

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