Explaining changes in the spread of Congressional Committee jurisdictions Public Deposited

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  • Lovett, John L.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Following the end of World War II, the United States government began to increase its involvement in domestic and non-military issues, responding to the needs of a country changing in terms of population growth and economic focus, which it primarily did through an increase in the number of agencies and bodies dealing with issue areas. The Congressional committee system, on the other hand, followed a different path, as Congress has responded to increases in the federal government's involvement in issue areas by allowing committees to become involved in more issues that are outside of its primary jurisdiction areas, with increase in diversity occurring over time. Using an analysis of entropy scores, which measure jurisdictional diversity, I show that increases in the size of government result in Congressional committees increasing their own jurisdictional diversity, increasing the number of issues individual committees are involved in.
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  • Baumgartner, Frank
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