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.
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.