Strategic Party Government and the 2010 Elections

Gregory Koger, Matthew J. Lebo

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This article applies the strategic parties framework to the 111th Congress and 2010 election results that followed. In 2009-2010, the Democrats pursued an ambitious agenda over the nearly unanimous opposition of Congressional Republicans, leading to a high level of partisanship on both sides. This partisanship was costly in the 2010 elections. Like other papers on this election, we find some evidence that key roll calls were linked to decreased electoral vote share. However, the clearer pattern is that overall patterns of partisanship had a consistent detrimental effect on incumbents running for reelection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-945
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Congress
  • Congressional elections
  • financial regulation
  • health care
  • legislative party

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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