Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jeffery Lazarus - Chair
I examine the relationship between the electoral security of congressmen, measured as vote margins in the previous election, and the support Members of Congress offer to their party. I develop a theory that predicts safe members will be more willing to support than vulnerable members and leaders demand more loyalty from safe members than vulnerable. This arrangement is rational and beneficial for leaders and both types of members. Using an OLS regression, I find basic support for my theory.
Webb, Brian Michael, "The Effect of Electoral Security on Partisan Support" (2007). Political Science Theses. Paper 12.