Title page for ETD etd-04142005-161537

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Burke, Kelly Marie
Author's Email Address kburke5@lsu.edu
URN etd-04142005-161537
Title Examining Sponsorship and Cosponsorship in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-2002
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James C. Garand Committee Chair
Kathleen Bratton Committee Member
William A. Clark Committee Member
  • congressional activity
  • legislative activity
  • united states congress
Date of Defense 2005-04-12
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this paper is to uncover the effects of background characteristics on members of Congress' legislative activity. I intend to measure legislative activity using the total number of bills sponsored and cosponsored during each Congress. Beginning in 1973, this original dataset includes over 6,000 observations and is the most comprehensive study of this subject. Because my dataset begins in 1973, I will be able to identify any effect that the unrestricted ability to cosponsor, which began in 1978, had on legislative activeness. It is my intention to contribute to our scholarly understanding of sponsorship and cosponsorship activity in the U.S. House of Representatives and help shape future studies. I find empirical support for the signaling perspective which posits that political actors use legislative activity as a means for internal, rather than external, communication.
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