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American Politics Speaker Series- Matt Green (Catholic University)

Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress

Wed, February 20, 2019 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Abstract:  Since its appearance in early 2015, the organized group of conservatives known as the House Freedom Caucus has been known for engaging in unusually assertive bargaining tactics against its own party leaders.  Its regular use of threats is not accounted for by existing theories of legislative politics, nor has the effectiveness of those threats been analyzed systematically. Using qualitative and quantitative data, I offer explanations for why such threat-making occurs, the extent to which it has been successful, and how the the Freedom Caucus has adapted to changing political circumstances since its formation.

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