Identifier

etd-04142005-171033

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This paper examines the factors that influence roll call voting abstention in the United States House of Representatives. I control for factors both at the individual level and the institutional level. My data set includes all members of the House of Representatives from the 102nd (1991-1992) through the 107th (2001-2002) sessions of Congress. It is my intention to contribute to our scholarly understanding of abstention behavior in the United States House of Representatives and to help future research on Congressional roll call voting behavior. I find strong empirical support for individual level effects, such as seniority, last of term of Congressional service, and ideology. I also find support that institutional effects, such as party dominance, impact roll call voting abstention.

Date

2005

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Kathleen Bratton

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