Interest Groups Versus Voters and the Political Economics of Attention
Project funded by own resources
Project title Interest Groups Versus Voters and the Political Economics of Attention
Principal Investigator(s) Stutzer, Alois
Co-Investigator(s) Balles, Patrick
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Politische Ökonomie (Stutzer)
Project start 01.10.2016
Probable end 31.12.2037
Status Active
Abstract

This project examines whether interest groups are more successful in shaping legislation in their favor during periods of low media attention to politics. The underlying rationale is that legislators get less likely disciplined by their voters since news on the legislative process are crowded out during these times. In our analysis based on 1,386 roll calls on 1,298 different bills between 2005 and 2014 in the US Congress, we exploit exogenous variation in public attention to the lawmaking process and find strong evidence supporting this mechanism. Our findings suggest that policy-markers manage to schedule votes that are sensitive to moneyed interests into periods that coincide with newsworthy events, turning the focus away from Congress. Whereas this mechanism is possible in the House, the institutional setting limits such actions in the Senate.

Keywords Campaign finance, legislative voting, attention, mass media, interest groups
Financed by University funds

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
4087865  Stutzer, Alois  Matter, Ulrich, Assistant Professor  University of St. Gallen  01.08.2017  31.12.2037 
   

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