Faculty mentor: Shane Macfarlan
Utah has a Republican super-majority in its state legislature. Political theorists believe super-majorities can increase bipartisanship while social network theorists believe homophily (love of similarity) matters more. We map out bill floor sponsorship alliances between legislators from 2005-2009. We find that party homophily does predict alliances to an overwhelming degree, legislators often reciprocate floor sponsorships, and gender and party homophily increases this reciprocity.
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