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Partisanship, Activism and Cosponsorship in the 111th Congress

Over at That’s My Congress, we’ve just posted some results of multiple regression analysis predicting the number of bills a member of Congress has cosponsored to date in the 111th Congress. The results, consistent for the House and Senate: Democrats don’t cosponsor significantly more bills than non-Democrats. Those whose actions are more strongly liberal and those whose actions are more strongly conservative cosponsor bills more often (even when the actions used to measure liberalness and conservativeness aren’t counted when measuring the dependent variable, cosponsorship activity). Those results should be counter-intuitive for those who think that Democrats and liberals are most willing to engage in government action, with Republicans and conservatives as paragons of restraint.

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