Legislative Institutions as a Source of Party Leaders’ Influence

Sarah E. Anderson, Daniel M. Butler, Laurel Harbridge

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

24 Scopus citations


Legislators’ actions are influenced by party, constituency, and their own views, each weighted differently. Our survey of state legislators finds that legislator’s own views are the strongest influence. We also find that institutions are an important source of party leaders’ influence. Legislators in states where members rely more on party leaders—states without term limits, with less professional legislatures, and where the majority party controls the agenda—put more weight on leaders’ preferences. Beyond direct party influence, the views of party leaders are preemptively incorporated into legislators’ preferences when the rules of the legislature make party leaders more powerful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-631
Number of pages27
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Legislative Institutions as a Source of Party Leaders’ Influence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this