Course Readings

Week 1 (Aug. 28): Course Overview

Week 2 (Sept. 11): Congressional Elections

[1] Fiorina, Morris P., Samuel J. Abrams, and Jeremy C. Pope (2005). Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. Chapters 1 and 2.
[2] Abramowitz, Alan I. and Kyle L. Saunders (2008). Is Polarization a Myth? Journal of Politics 70:542-555.
[3] Hill, Seth J. and Chris Tausanovitch (2015). A Disconnect in Representation? Comparison of Trends in Congressional and Public Polarization. Journal of Politics 77:1058-1075.
[4] Canes-Wrone, Brandice, David W. Brady, and John F. Cogan (2002). Out of Step, Out of Office: Electoral Accountability of House Members Voting. American Political Science Review 1:127-140.

Week 3 (Sept. 18): Scaling
[1] Poole, Keith T. and Howard Rosenthal (1997). Congress: A Political Economic History of Roll Call Voting. Chapters 2 and 3.
[2] Martin, Andrew D. and Kevin M. Quinn (2002). "Dynamic Ideal Point Estimation via Markov Chain Monte Carlo for the U.S. Supreme Court, 1953-1999." Political Analysis 1:134-153.
[3] Shor, Boris, and Nolan McCarty (2011). The Ideological Mapping of American Legislatures. American Political Science Review 105-530-551.
[4] Bonica, Adam (2013). Ideology and Interests in the Political Marketplace. American Journal of Political Science 57:294-311.

Week 4 (Sept. 25): Representation
[1] Bafumi, Joseph and Michael C. Herron (2010). Leapfrog Representation and Extremism: A Study of American Voters and their Members of Congress. American Political Science Review 104:519-542.
[2] Butler, Daniel, and David Nickerson (2011). Can Learning Constituency Opinion Affect How Legislators Vote? Results from a Field Experiment. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 6:55-83.
[3] Erikson, Robert S. and Gerald C. Wright (2005). Voters, Candidates, and Issues in Congressional Elections. In Congress Reconsidered 8th Edition, Edited by Dodd, Lawrence C. and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Washington: CQ Press. Chapter 4.

[4] Miller, Warren E., and Donald E. Stokes (1963). Constituency Influence in Congress. American Political Science Review 57:45-56.

Week 5 (Oct. 2): Representation (continued), Parties and Agenda Control
[1] Lax, Jeffrey R., and Justin H. Phillips (2011). The Democratic Deficit in the States. American Journal of Political Science 56:148-166.
[2] Cox, Gary W. and Mathew D. McCubbins (2005). Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chapters 2 and 5.
[3] Anzia, Sarah F. and Molly C. Jackman (2013). "Legislative Organization and the Second Face of Power: Evidence from U.S. State Legislatures." Journal of Politics 75:210-224

Week 6 (Oct. 9): Parties and Agenda Control (continued), Gridlock and Checks and Balances
[1] Binder, Sarah (1996). The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice: Allocating Parliamentary Rights in the House, 1789-1990. American Political Science Review 90:8-20.
[2] Butler, Daniel M., and Joeph Sempolinski (2010). Non-Policy Determinants of Legislators' Procedural Votes: Evidence from Vote Switching between Cloture and the Underlying Motion. Working Paper.
[3] Crespin, Michael, and Nathan Monroe (2006). Partisan Agenda Control in the Senate: A Preliminary Hearing. Working Paper.
[4] Krehbiel, Keith (1998). Pivotal Politics. Chapters 2 and 3.

Week 7 (Oct. 16): Gridlock and Checks and Balances
[1] Alesina, Alberto, and Howard Rosenthal (1995). Partisan Politics, Divided Government, and the Economy. Chapter 3.
[2] Binder, Sarah. A. and Steven S. Smith (1997). Politics of Principle? Filibustering in the United States Senate. Chapters 1 and 2.
[3] Klotz, Robert (2004). The Nuclear Option for Stopping Filibusters. PS: Political Science and Politics 37:843-846.


Week 8 (Oct. 23): Parties and Whipping
[1] Groseclose, Timothy T. and James M. Snyder, Jr. (2000). Estimating Party Influence on Congressional Roll Call Voting. American Journal of Political Science 44:187-205.
[2] Krehbiel, Keith (2000). Party Influence and Measures of Partisanship. American Journal of Political Science 44:187-205.
[3] McCarty, Nolan, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal (2001). The Hunt for Party Discipline in Congress. American Political Science Review 95:673-687.
[4] Battista, James, and Jesse Richman (2011). Party Pressure in the U.S. State Legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly 36:397-422.

Week 9 (Oct. 30): Testing Theories of Lawmaking
[1] Lawrence, Eric D., Forest Maltzman, and Steven S. Smith (2011). Who Wins? Party Effects in Legislative Voting. Legislative Studies Quarterly 31:33-69.
[2] Peress, Michael (2013). Estimating Proposal and Status Quo Locations using Voting and Cosponsorship Data. Journal of Politics 75:613-631.
[3] Richman, Jesse (2011). Parties, Pivots, and Policy: The Status Quo Test. American Political Science Review 105:151-165.

Week 10 (Nov. 6): Committees
[1] Fenno, Richard F. (1973). Congressmen in Committees. Chapters 1 and 2.
[2] Shepsle, Kenneth A. (1978). The Giant Jigsaw Puzzle. Chapters 3.
[3] Cox, Gary W., and Mathew D. McCubbins (1993). Legislative Leviathan. Chapters 3 and 7.

Week 11 (Nov. 13): Committees (continued), Constituency Service
[1] Krehbiel, Keith (1991). Information and Legislative Organization. Chapter 3.
[2] Grimmer, Justin, Solomon Messing, and Sean Westwood (2012). How Words and Money Cultivate a Personal Vote: The Effect of Legislator Credit Claiming on Constituent Credit Allocation. American Political Science Review 106:703-719.
[3] Daniel Butler, Christopher Karpowitz, and Jeremy Pope (2012). A Field Experiment on Legislators' Home Style: Service vs. Policy. Journal of Politics 74:474-486.

Week 12 (Nov. 20): Money in Politics
[1] Alexander, Dan, Christopher Berry, and William Howell (forthcoming). Distributive Politics and Legislator Ideology. Forthcoming in Journal of Politics.
[2] 
Alvarez, R. Michael, and Jason L. Saving (1997). Congressional Committees and the Political Economy of Federal Outlays. Public Choice 92:55-73.
[3] Ansolabehere, Stephen, and John M. de Figueiredo, and James M. Snyder, Jr. (2003). Why is There So Little Money in U.S. Politics? Journal of Economic Perspectives 17:105-130.
[4] Anzia, Sarah F., and Christopher R. Berry (2011). The Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect: Why Do Congresswomen Outperform Congressmen? American Journal of Political Science 55:478-493.

Week 13 (Nov. 27): Money in Politics (continued), The Incumbency Advantage, Districting
[1] Bronars, Stephen G. and John R. Lott, Jr. (1997). Do Campaign Donations Alter How a Politician Votes? Or, Do Donors Support Candidates who Value the Same Things that They Do? Journal of Law and Economics 50:317-350.
[2] Ansolabehere, Stephen, and James M. Snyder, Jr. (2002). "The Incumbency Advantage in U.S. Elections: An Analysis of State and Federal Offices." Election Law Journal 3:315-338.
[3] Shotts, Kenneth W. (2003). "Does Racial Redistricting Cause Conservative Policy Outcomes? Policy Preferences of Southern Representatives in the 1980s and 1990s." Journal of Politics 65:216-226.


Week 14 (Dec. 4): Congressional Elections
[1] Gerber, Alan S. (1998). Estimating the Effect of Campaign Spending on Senate Elections using Instrumental Variables. American Political Science Review 92:401-411.
[2] Gerber, Alan S., James G. Gimpel, Donald P. Green, and Daron R. Shaw (2011). How Large and Long-lasting are the Persuasive Effects of Television Campaign Ads? Results from a Randomized Field Experiment. American Political Science Review 105:135-150.
[3] Jacobson, Gary C. (1989). Strategic Politicians and the Dynamics of U.S. House Elections, 1946-86. American Political Science Review 83:773-793.