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Paved with Partisan Intentions: The Impressive and Disheartening Validity of Cox and McCubbins’s Legislative Leviathan

Benjamin Kinnard, Political Science, Emory University, USA, benjamin.kinnard@emory.edu , John W. Patty, Political Science and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University, USA, jwpatty@gmail.com
 
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Benjamin Kinnard and John W. Patty (2024), "Paved with Partisan Intentions: The Impressive and Disheartening Validity of Cox and McCubbins’s Legislative Leviathan", Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy: Vol. 4: No. 4, pp 523-549. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/113.00000087

Publication Date: 21 Feb 2024
© 2024 B. Kinnard and J. W. Patty
 
Subjects
Congress,  Legislatures,  Formal modelling
 
Keywords
Legislatureslegislative organizationCongressformal modeling
 

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In this article:
Extending Legislative Leviathan 
The Value and Price of Discretion 
Policy Payoffs, Ability, and Discretion 
Which Agent to Appoint? 
How Much Discretion To Delegate? 
Conditions on Party Cartel Theory Imposed by Electoral Adversity 
Conclusion 
References 

Abstract

We expand the party cartel model (Cox and McCubbins, 1993; Cox and McCubbins, 2005) to incorporate the electoral environment. Our theory demonstrates how external electoral forces can affect the credibility of the majority party leadership’s use of appointments within the legislative process to maintain party loyalty. We then discuss these findings with a particular focus on the House GOP Conference since 2011, including the recent successful motion to vacate against then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the subsequent process ultimately electing Mike Johnson as Speaker of the 118th Congress in October, 2023.

DOI:10.1561/113.00000087