Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Not-so-distant Mirror: the 17th Amendment and Congressional Change

A Not-so-distant Mirror: the 17th Amendment and Congressional Change; Sara Brandes Crook and John R. Hibbing; American Political Science review; Vol 91, No. 4, December 1997.


At the beginning of the century, the Constitution was amended to permit direct election of U.S. senators. We examine the shift to determine the extent to which an electoral reform can result in meaningful change. Variables are analyzed that tap the Senate’s membership and responsiveness before and after direct election, and House data are employed to control for history effects. The results indicate that changing the mode of senatorial selection did indeed lead to alterations in the composition and sensitivity of the senate, a finding that should encourage caution regarding electoral reforms being advocated at the end of the century.

1 comment:

Dan tdaxp said...

I've had the great pleasure & honor of studying under Dr. Hibbing. Besides being a gentlemam, he is a genius who has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is not limited by the conventional wisdom. I would take anything he says very seriously.