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By Diana Evans

Different books have documented beef barrel tasks in numerous coverage components, yet none has tested the method of utilizing beef to shop for votes for large public coverage. This publication finds how Congressional leaders and the President provide red meat barrel tasks to Congressional contributors' districts to shop for their votes for broad-based nationwide laws. It does so via interviews with key actors--who give you the foundation for a wealthy narrative of the method of passing the money owed in addition to statistical research.

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That subcommittee previously had been known for its generous distribution of pork barrel projects; however, Mineta, who was known to oppose such projects, held fast against their inclusion in the bills reported under his leadership (Duncan 1989, p. 132). Third, I assume that rank-and-file members who sell their votes on general interest legislation for a pork barrel project are motivated by the reelection goal. If they otherwise would oppose the bill but agree to trade their vote for a project, they must care more about the project and its impact on their reelection than about the general interest provisions of the bill to which the project is attached.

Xml Evans 0521836816 March 22, 2004 23:32 2 Pork Barrel Politics and General Interest Legislation The argument of this book is that one important strategy by which policy coalition leaders create legislative majorities for controversial general interest legislation is to buy legislators’ votes, one by one, favor by favor. Doing so not only helps leaders to unite their party; it also can draw members of the other party away from their own caucus. Where attainment of a secure majority on the merits seems doubtful, distributive benefits provide the extra margin of support to compensate for pressures that otherwise might persuade members not to vote for such a bill.

Both take account of the role of leaders in assembling majority coalitions. However, my argument is that the use of pork to gain votes is not necessarily tied to partisanship; indeed, it is a coalition-building technique that transcends the bounds of partisanship, giving those in a position to use it considerable ability to reach across party lines in search of allies. Moreover, I conceive of vote buying as a more precisely targeted and therefore a more effective strategy than does Arnold, a strategy that can be used to pass many types of legislation.

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