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  •  As a somewhat related note (3+ / 0-)

    I've put a good deal of effort into trying find additional dimensions to voting patterns in the U.S congress, beyond just the liberal/conservative divide.

    Urban/suburban/rural differences are an obvious one to try. That maybe urban liberals and rural liberals might vote different on agricultural bills and such.

    That I've ever seen, at a statistically measurable level, the distinction just does not exist. Liberal/conservative is all there is.

    •  are you familiar with DW-NOMINATE? (1+ / 0-)
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      As Poole and Rosenthal explain in Ideology & Congress (the 2nd edition of Congress: A Political-Economic History of Roll Call Voting), the first dimension can be interpreted in most periods as government intervention in the economy or liberal-conservative in the modern era. The 2nd dimension picks up the conflict between North and South on Slavery before the Civil War and from the late 1930s through the mid-1970s, civil rights for African-Americans. After 1980 there is considerable evidence that the South realigns and the 2nd dimension is no longer important.
      So, assuming that you're focusing on data after 1980, I guess that is a replication.

      "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

      by HudsonValleyMark on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:52:22 PM PST

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