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Voting for a Founding: Testing the Effect of Economic Interests at the Federal Convention of 1787

Pope, Jeremy C.; Treier, Shawn

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Previous work measuring the voting patterns of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention largely focused on either individual delegate positions for a handful of key votes or on state delegation positions for a far broader set of votes. We remedy this limitation by modeling the key first two months of the Convention including both some individual-level and all delegation-level voting, while simultaneously estimating the effect of various economic interests on that voting, controlling for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPope, Jeremy C.
dc.contributor.authorTreier, Shawn
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:41:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3816
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98853
dc.description.abstractPrevious work measuring the voting patterns of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention largely focused on either individual delegate positions for a handful of key votes or on state delegation positions for a far broader set of votes. We remedy this limitation by modeling the key first two months of the Convention including both some individual-level and all delegation-level voting, while simultaneously estimating the effect of various economic interests on that voting, controlling for various cultural and ideological factors. The findings suggest that economic factors mattered a great deal at the Convention. The effect of such interests vary however by the dimension of debate—representation, national institutional design, or federalism. We conclude that economic interests exerted a powerful influence on the deep structure of voting at Convention, though not consistently by issue or dimension. Specific interests only mattered on specific dimensions.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceJournal of Politics
dc.titleVoting for a Founding: Testing the Effect of Economic Interests at the Federal Convention of 1787
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume77
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160699 - Political Science not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3974019xPUB45
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPope, Jeremy C., Brigham Young University
local.contributor.affiliationTreier, Shawn, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage519
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage534
local.identifier.doi10.1086/680208
local.identifier.absseo940299 - Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:21:38Z
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CollectionsANU Research Publications

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