Type of Document Dissertation Author Blair, William URN etd-0127103-115005 Title Bureaucratic Influence in Congressional Roll-Call Voting Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Department Political Science Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title James Garand Committee Chair Stacia Haynie Committee Member Wayne Parent Committee Member William Clark Committee Member Bob Newman Dean's Representative Keywords
- roll-call voting
Date of Defense 2002-12-18 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe focus of this dissertation is on one of the many relationships that exist between the bureaucracy and government: decision-making by elected representatives and the political influence of government employees on their decision-making. Specifically, it is with bureaucrats and the degree to which they may utilize political influence to create a disproportionate influence over government policy and decision-making in the United States House of Representatives.
I argue that the inherent qualities of bureaucrats suggest that they are significant and influential constituency for representatives. They are an identifiable constituency to representatives, and have the means and opportunity to wield political influence. Therefore, I suggest that bureaucrats are a reelection constituency for representatives. My analysis suggests that representatives do indeed respond to government employees as a reelection constituency.
The findings illustrate several conclusions. First, bureaucrats have a moderating effect on the roll-call fiscal conservatism of representatives. Secondly, the election cycle is revealed to have a mediating effect on this bureaucratic effect. I demonstrate that representatives are more responsive to bureaucrats in the midterm congresses than in presidential congresses. Finally, I identify a party effect on bureaucratic influence that suggests that Republicans representatives that are more attentive to government employees than Democrats. I suggest that Democratic House members are already relatively liberal in their roll-call behavior on fiscal policy and a natural constituency for bureaucrats. Conversely, Republicans may discover that they can cultivate this core constituency for their reelection efforts by become more moderate in their roll-call fiscal conservatism.
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