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The Hastert Rules: Majority Rule in the U.S. House of Representatives

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This paper offers an empirical examination of Speaker Hastert's policy of governing the House by the "majority of the majority." We ask, how often has this actually occured? To answer, we identify seven possible voting coalitions that might win House floor votes. We then examine all simple majority roll calls from the 47th to 109th Congresses, differentiating the set of all simple majority votes and close votes defined as less than a 60-40 split. Our results indicate that the House operates according to the Hastert Rules on only about half of all simple majority votes and about 40% of close votes. The incidence of majority party defeats is much higher than indicated in previous studies that address only final passage votes. The majority of the majority prevails by forming coalitions more than on more than a third of the votes. We examine longetudinal patterns and outlying congresses. We explore the implications.
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Peters, Jr., Ronald., Gaddie, Ronald., Field, Matthew. and Gravely, Benjamin. "The Hastert Rules: Majority Rule in the U.S. House of Representatives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA, Jan 09, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p212416_index.html>

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Peters, Jr., R. M., Gaddie, R. K., Field, M. O. and Gravely, B. , 2008-01-09 "The Hastert Rules: Majority Rule in the U.S. House of Representatives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p212416_index.html

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Abstract: This paper offers an empirical examination of Speaker Hastert's policy of governing the House by the "majority of the majority." We ask, how often has this actually occured? To answer, we identify seven possible voting coalitions that might win House floor votes. We then examine all simple majority roll calls from the 47th to 109th Congresses, differentiating the set of all simple majority votes and close votes defined as less than a 60-40 split. Our results indicate that the House operates according to the Hastert Rules on only about half of all simple majority votes and about 40% of close votes. The incidence of majority party defeats is much higher than indicated in previous studies that address only final passage votes. The majority of the majority prevails by forming coalitions more than on more than a third of the votes. We examine longetudinal patterns and outlying congresses. We explore the implications.

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