Partisan Infighting Among House Republicans: Leaders, Factions, and Networks of Interests

Bendix, William and Mackay, Jon (2015) Partisan Infighting Among House Republicans: Leaders, Factions, and Networks of Interests. Said Business School Working Paper 2015-20.

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Abstract

Congressional parties are commonly regarded as highly unified legislative teams, but the Tea Party Caucus has revealed factional divisions with the Republican Party. Using annual ratings from 290 interest groups, we estimate the ideological locations of Republican legislators to map their party’s factional structure. We project a bipartite network of annual scores to relate interest groups by the similarity of their ratings and legislators by the similarity in which they have been rated. Cluster analysis identifies factions of moderate and extreme Republicans. Further investigation shows that Republican leaders withhold legislative rewards from both subgroups, but that moderates are denied disproportionately.

Item Type: Oxford Saïd Research Paper
Keywords: republican party
Subject(s): Corporate reputation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 11:42
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 11:42
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5864

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