Title page for ETD etd-04142005-190013

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sandahl, Trisha Mari
Author's Email Address tsanda2@lsu.edu
URN etd-04142005-190013
Title Exploring Committee Outliers in a Weak Party State Legislature: The Louisiana House, 2000-2003
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James Garand Committee Chair
Cameron Thies Committee Member
Kate Bratton Committee Member
  • Louisiana House of Representatives
  • committee outliers
Date of Defense 2004-12-14
Availability unrestricted
Studies on the role of committees in legislatures have focused primarily on the U.S. Congress. In this study I expand on these studies by determining whether or not the distributive, informational, or major party cartel theory used to explain the role of committees at the national level can be extended to the state level; i.e. the Louisiana house legislature. Hypotheses are tested by using roll call votes in the Louisiana House for the years 2000-2003. This study finds substantial support for the informational theory and minimal support for the distributive and major party cartel theories in the Louisiana House legislature.
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