The senate and justice thomas: A note on ideology, race, and constituent pressures

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Several recent studies concluded that constituent preferences have a significant impact on senators' roll call behavior on Supreme Court confirmation votes, but the exact nature of this influence is unclear. In this paper, I analyze the Senate vote on Justice Clarence Thomas using ideological, demographic, and electoral measures of constituent pressures. The fact that both the interactive racial/reelection and the ideology variables remain significant in a combined model confirms the importance of this matter for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalCongress and the Presidency
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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