Institutional Partisanship and Roll Call Voting

Tracy L. Osborn

in How Women Represent Women

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845347
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949397 | DOI:
Institutional Partisanship and Roll Call Voting

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Chapter 6 offers the final empirical test of party identity and institutional partisanship using roll call votes in the state legislative chambers. Party identity pervades roll call voting, in that votes on women’s issues legislation typically divide women and men legislators along party lines or pass with near unanimity between partisans. Rarely do partisan women step outside of their party identity to cross lines and support a women’s issue position with women of the other party. The strength of institutional partisanship determines women legislators’ voting to some degree; on several women’s issues votes it appears even more difficult for women legislators to abandon a party position on a vote because of a closely held party majority. However, because the underlying effect of party identity splits women’s votes along party lines on women’s issues even in weak institutional party chambers, it remains somewhat difficult to separate the effect of party identity from that of institutional partisanship on roll call voting.

Keywords: roll call voting; women’s issues; legislative parties; majority party; party strength

Chapter.  11090 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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