Presentation Title

Systematic study of leadership selection in Congress

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Watkins 2240

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

Systematic study of leadership selection in Congress has been frustrated by the inability of scholars to obtain relatable data on individual support for the leadership candidates. Based on participant-observation and statistical analysis of a vote tally from the Senate Democratic Leadership race, we argue that the election of Tom Daschle of South Dakota as the leader reflects a generational shift within the Democratic Caucus. With the election of Daschle a new generation has sought to recreate the Democratic leadership in its own image. The results indicate that the generational finding is robust. We conclude by discussing recent leadership changes within the Senate Republican Caucus as further evidence of a generalized generational shift within Congress.

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Systematic study of leadership selection in Congress

Watkins 2240

Systematic study of leadership selection in Congress has been frustrated by the inability of scholars to obtain relatable data on individual support for the leadership candidates. Based on participant-observation and statistical analysis of a vote tally from the Senate Democratic Leadership race, we argue that the election of Tom Daschle of South Dakota as the leader reflects a generational shift within the Democratic Caucus. With the election of Daschle a new generation has sought to recreate the Democratic leadership in its own image. The results indicate that the generational finding is robust. We conclude by discussing recent leadership changes within the Senate Republican Caucus as further evidence of a generalized generational shift within Congress.