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BRAC Attack: Delegation, Politics, and the Closing of Military Bases
Unformatted Document Text:  BRAC ATTACK: DELEGATION, POLITICS, AND THE CLOSING OF MILITARY BASES, 1988-2005 David C.W. Parker Assistant Professor of Political Science Indiana University South Bend P.O. Box 7100 South Bend, IN 46634 574.520.4817 ## email not listed ## Colin E. Flora Undergraduate Political Science Major Indiana University South Bend P.O. Box 7100 South Bend, IN 46634 574.233.6990 ## email not listed ## Abstract: Have Congress and the president successfully removed partisan politics from the base closing process? Scholars and journalists disagree after five rounds of closings; this study seeks to examine the BRAC process over the past fifteen years to determine if closure and realignment decisions are based strictly on military merit or whether other political factors, such as district partisanship, still play a role. Using military bases as the dependent variable, this project evaluates whether a range of political factors, such as committee membership, length of congressional service, and district presidential vote explain both the recommendations made by the Defense Department to the base closure commission and the final base closure decisions made by the commission itself, while controlling for non-partisan factors such area unemployment, military value, and the amount of hazardous waste produce annually. The findings are then discussed in the broader context of the congressional delegation literature.

Authors: Flora, Colin. and Parker, David.
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BRAC ATTACK: DELEGATION, POLITICS, AND THE CLOSING OF MILITARY
BASES, 1988-2005
David C.W. Parker
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Indiana University South Bend
P.O. Box 7100
South Bend, IN 46634
574.520.4817
## email not listed ##
Colin E. Flora
Undergraduate Political Science Major
Indiana University South Bend
P.O. Box 7100
South Bend, IN 46634
574.233.6990
## email not listed ##



Abstract:
Have Congress and the president successfully removed partisan politics from the base
closing process? Scholars and journalists disagree after five rounds of closings; this study seeks to
examine the BRAC process over the past fifteen years to determine if closure and realignment
decisions are based strictly on military merit or whether other political factors, such as district
partisanship, still play a role. Using military bases as the dependent variable, this project evaluates
whether a range of political factors, such as committee membership, length of congressional service,
and district presidential vote explain both the recommendations made by the Defense Department
to the base closure commission and the final base closure decisions made by the commission itself,
while controlling for non-partisan factors such area unemployment, military value, and the amount
of hazardous waste produce annually. The findings are then discussed in the broader context of the
congressional delegation literature.


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