College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Dr. Neil Chaturvedi explores US Senate moderates in new Social Sciences Quarterly manuscript

Congratulations to Dr. Neil Chaturvedi who recently had his work published in Social Science Quarterly. Social Science Quarterly publishes current research on a broad range of topics including political science, sociology, economics, history, social work, geography, international studies, and women's studies. SSQ is the journal of the Southwestern Social Science Association.

Dr. Chaturvedi explores the role of moderate US Senate members:

Spatial voting literature on Congress indicates that the most powerful members are the ones who sit in the ideological center. This study examines how pivotal voters use that power in their participation in Congress. This study examines two modes of congressional participation on two highly salient health-care bills—the filing of amendments and the delivery of floor speeches. This study finds that pivotal voters shy away from the legislative limelight. Pivotal voters choose to avoid the public eye by rarely proposing amendments or delivering floor speeches on these bills. While theoretically pivotal, centrists who play the role of pivotal voters are more concerned about their electoral prospects than their legislative prowess and, as a result, defer congressional participation to party and committee leaders so as to avoid the ire of constituents.

Check out his article here. Congratulations once again to Dr. Chaturvedi!