Master of Arts (MA)
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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Sandahl, Trisha Mari, "Exploring committee outliers in a weak party state legislature: the Louisiana House, 2000-2003" (2005). LSU Master's Theses. 1824.