Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
This paper investigates whether caucus members pursue bipartisan collaboration on bills related to polarized or non-polarized policy issues. The aim is to determine whether caucuses may be used to pursue bipartisan solutions to major policy issues in an increasingly polarized political environment. I model the effect that the presence of a women’s caucus has on bipartisan collaboration in increasingly polarized legislatures, depending on whether a bill’s title contains words related to polarized issues and its overall sentiment. Findings indicate that bipartisan women may be more likely to collaborate on polarized bills then non-polarized bills in legislatures with a women’s caucus and in legislatures without a women’s caucus if polarization is low; and that the presence of a women’s caucus may not encourage bipartisan collaboration overall amongst women legislators but may reduce the rate at which increasing polarization slows their bipartisan collaboration on polarized bills. This paper illustrates a new way to measure the polarization level of bills and begins to consider how their polarization level may affect bipartisan collaboration.
Holden, Kaitlin, "Bipartisn Bills from Caucus Collaboration: Solutions to Polarized or Non-Polarized Issues?" (2022). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8686.
Copyright for this work is retained by the student. If you have any questions regarding the inclusion of this work in the Digital Commons, please email us at .