Skip to main content
main-content
Top

Hint

Swipe to navigate through the articles of this issue

14-09-2016 | Original Paper | Issue 2/2017

Political Behavior 2/2017

Why do Legislators Skip Votes? Position Taking Versus Policy Influence

Journal:
Political Behavior > Issue 2/2017
Authors:
Adam R. Brown, Jay Goodliffe
Important notes

Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s11109-016-9362-8) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Abstract

A legislator’s duty is to vote on legislation, yet legislators routinely miss votes. Existing studies of absenteeism have focused on the US Congress, producing useful but partial explanations. We provide added insight by examining absenteeism in American state legislatures. Our data include 2,916,471 individual votes cast by 4392 legislators from 64 legislative chambers. This rich, multistate dataset produces insights that build on and sometimes conflict with Congressional research. We use a multilevel logistic model with nested and crossed random effects to estimate the influence of variables at five different levels. In particular, we investigate whether state legislators miss unimportant votes or important votes. Contrary to what Congressional studies have found, we find that state legislators avoid participating in close or major votes, favoring reelection concerns over policy influence. We also find that state-to-state variations in legislative professionalism—in particular, the length of the session—affect absenteeism, with shorter sessions leading to higher absenteeism.

Please log in to get access to this content

To get access to this content you need the following product:

Springer Professional "Wirtschaft+Technik"

Online-Abonnement

Mit dem Kombi-Abo erhalten Sie vollen Zugriff auf über 1,8 Mio. Dokumente aus mehr als 61.000 Fachbüchern und rund 500 Fachzeitschriften aus folgenden Fachgebieten:

  • Automobil + Motoren
  • Bauwesen + Immobilien
  • Business IT + Informatik
  • Elektrotechnik + Elektronik
  • Energie + Umwelt
  • Finance + Banking
  • Management + Führung
  • Marketing + Vertrieb
  • Maschinenbau + Werkstoffe

Testen Sie jetzt 30 Tage kostenlos.

Springer Professional "Wirtschaft"

Online-Abonnement

Mit dem Wirtschafts-Abo erhalten Sie Zugriff auf über 1 Mio. Dokumente aus mehr als 45.000 Fachbüchern und 300 Fachzeitschriften aus folgenden Fachgebieten:

  • Bauwesen + Immobilien
  • Business IT + Informatik
  • Finance + Banking
  • Management + Führung
  • Marketing + Vertrieb

Testen Sie jetzt 30 Tage kostenlos.

Supplementary Material
Supplementary material 1 (DOCX 3086 kb)
11109_2016_9362_MOESM1_ESM.docx
Literature
About this article

Other articles of this Issue 2/2017

Political Behavior 2/2017 Go to the issue

Premium Partner

image credits