Course Readings

Week 1 (Jan. 24): Course Overview

Week 2 (Jan. 31): Scaling
[1] Shor, Boris, and Nolan McCarty (2011). The Ideological Mapping of American Legislatures. American Political Science Review 105:530-551.
[2] Bonica, Adam (2013). Ideology and Interests in the Political Marketplace. American Journal of Political Science 57:294-311.
[3] 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.

Week 3 (Feb. 7): Representation
[1] 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. Chapter 4.
[2] Ansolabehere, Stephen and Philip Edward Jones (2010). Constituents' Responses to Congressional Roll-Call Voting. American Journal of Political Science 54:583-597.
[3] Donnelly, Christopher P. (2019). Yea or Nay: Do Legislators Benefit by Voting Against Their Party? Legislative Stuies Quartrely 44:421-453.

Week 4 (Feb. 14): Representation (continued), Parties and Whipping
[1] Miller, Warren E., and Donald E. Stokes (1963). Constituency Influence in Congress. American Political Science Review 57:45-56.
[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] Krehbiel, Keith (2000). Party Influence and Measures of Partisanship. American Journal of Political Science 44:187-205.

Week 5 (Feb. 21): 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] Battista, James, and Jesse Richman (2011). Party Pressure in the U.S. State Legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly 36:397-422.
[3] McCarty, Nolan, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal (2001). The Hunt for Party Discipline in Congress. American Political Science Review 95:673-687.

Week 6 (Feb. 28): Gridlock and Checks and Balances
[1] Binder, Sarah. A. and Steven S. Smith (1997). Politics of Principle? Filibustering in the United States Senate. Chapters 1 and 2.
[2] Klotz, Robert (2004). The Nuclear Option for Stopping Filibusters. PS: Political Science and Politics 37:843-846.
[3] Cox, Gary W. and Mathew D. McCubbins (2005). Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chapter 4.
[4] Ballard, Andrew O., and James M. Curry (2021). Minority Party Capacity in Congress. American Political Science Review 115:1388-1405.

Week 7 (Mar. 7): Parties and Agenda Control
[1] Chiou, Fang-Yi and Lawrence S. Rothenberg (2003). When Pivotal Politics Meets Partisan Politics. American Journal of Political Science 47:503-522.
[2] 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.
[3] Clark, Jennifer H. (2012). Examining Parties as Procedural Cartels: Evidence from the U.S. States. Legislative Studies Quarterly 37:491-507.

Week 8 (Mar. 21): 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 9 (Mar. 28): Committees
[1] Fenno, Richard F. (1973). Congressmen in Committees. Chapters 1 and 2.
[1] Shepsle, Kenneth A. (1978). The Giant Jigsaw Puzzle. Chapters 3.
[2] Cox, Gary W., and Mathew D. McCubbins (1993). Legislative Leviathan. Chapters 3 and 7.

Week 10 (Apr. 4): Committees (continued), Congressional Elections
[1] Krehbiel, Keith (1991). Information and Legislative Organization. Chapter 3.
[2] Fraga, Bernard L. (2016). Candidates or Districts? Reevaluating the Role of Race in Voter Turnout. American Journal of Political Science 60:97-122.
[3] Hall, Andrew B., and Daniel L. Thompson (2018). Who Punishes Extremist Nominees? Candidate Ideology and Turning Out the Base in US Elections. American Political Science Review 112:509-524.

Week 11 (Apr. 11): Congressional Elections (continued)
[1] 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.
[2] Jacobson, Gary C. (1989). Strategic Politicians and the Dynamics of U.S. House Elections, 1946-86. American Political Science Review 83:773-793.
[3] de Benedictis-Kessner, Justin and Christopher Warshaw (2020). Accountability for the Local Economy at All Levels of Government in United States Elections. American Political Science Review 114: 660-676.

Week 12 (Apr. 18): Money in Politics
[1] 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.
[2] Anzia, Sarah F., and Christopher R. Berry (2011). The Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect: Why Do Congresswomen Outperform Congressmen? American Journal of Political Science55:478-493.
[3] Alexander, Dan, Christopher Berry, and William Howell (2016). Distributive Politics and Legislator Ideology. Journal of Politics 78:214:231.

Week 13 (Apr. 25): Money in Politics (continued), 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] Kalla, Joshua L., and David E. Broockman (2016). Campaign Contributions Facilitate Access to Congressional Officials: A Randomized Field Experiment. American Journal of Polical Science 60:545-558.
[3] Chen, Jowei, and David Cottrell (2016). Evaluating Partisan Gains from Congressional Gerrymandering: Using Computer Simulations to Estimate the Effect of Gerrymandering in the U.S. House. Electoral Studies 44:329-340.

Week 14 (May 2): Constituency Service
[1] 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.
[2] Grose, Christian R., Neil Malhotra and Robert Parks Van Houweling (2015). Explaining Explanations: How Legislators Explain their Policy Positions and How Citizens React. American Journal of Political Science 59:724-743.
[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.