TITLE

Congressional Memberships as Political Advertising: Evidence from the U.S. Senate

AUTHOR(S)
Mixon Jr., Franklin G.; Ressler, Rand W.; Gibson, M. Troy
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Southern Economic Journal;Oct2003, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p414
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present article analyzes signaling by elected officials of moderate or centrist legislative behavior from a benefits/costs perspective. To do so, we provide statistical evidence regarding the tendency of senators to join the U.S. Senate Centrist Coalition, a congressional membership organization of moderate legislators. We find that changes in party loyalty, perhaps due to changes in constituent preferences, and U.S. Senate tenure are both important determinants of membership in the Centrist Coalition. Tests also point out that freshman senators are more likely than more senior senators to seek membership as a form of information provision.
ACCESSION #
11185928

 

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