Conditional party government in the states


Journal Article

We extend theories of congressional parties and committees to the state legislative setting, using the variation among legislatures to explore the links between elections and parties and between parties and committees. We examine elections by comparing the electrol concentration of parties to measures of conditional party government. We examine informational and partisan theories of committees by looking to the relationship between committee representativeness and conditional party government. With data from eleven states, we find that competitive party systems breed highly polorized legisalative parties, and these two traits lead to representative committees.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Aldrich, JH; Coleman Battista, JS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 164 - 172

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0092-5853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/3088420

Citation Source

  • Scopus