Gender and Bipartisan Cosponsorship: Evidence from the United States House of Representatives Public Deposited

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  • May 15, 2019
  • Mason, Cassandra
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The goal of this study is to assess how the increase in female legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives has related to the percentage of bipartisan cosponsors on House bills. Answering this question could provide key insight into the benefits of increasing female representation, which would strengthen the argument for electing women to office. Previous literature on the topic suggests that there are differences between male and female representatives regarding both legislative behavior and predisposition towards collaboration. Further, scholarship suggests that the Democratic and Republican party leadership differ in their tolerance of collaborative behavior amongst female representatives. I find that there is not a strong relationship between female representatives and overall bipartisan collaboration that does not take party into account. However, there is evidence that Democratic female representatives might be driving Democratic bipartisan cosponsorship under certain conditions. Overall, this study finds that gender matters for bipartisan cosponsorship, but partisanship matters more.
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  • Clark, Christopher
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • Political Science
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  • Honors
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2019
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