By W. Mark Crain
Our curiosity in learning televised legislatures was once kindled via episodes. the 1st was once a sequence of rejections by means of the U.S. Senate among 1984 and 1986 of resolutions to allow dwell tv assurance of flooring lawsuits. the second one was once the 1984 "Camscam affair," the media label given to a partisan struggle over digicam insurance of U.S. condominium court cases. every one episode, if not anything else, made simple the depth of the sentiments that elected representatives believe approximately televised periods. Legislative tv used to be no longer taken calmly through those that had the main to achieve or lose. Surveys point out that legislative watchers, "C-SP AN junkies," quantity within the thousands and penetration of cable entry to televised classes numbered approximately forty million in 1986. as well as the direct audience, tv information courses more and more use excerpts from the televised periods as improvements and resources for political reporting. Televising legislatures, in brief, has attracted a lot new cognizance to the method oflegislating. The innovation and diffusion of the digital Acropolis has remodeled politics within the U.S. but, its impression at the democratic strategy has attracted little detect other than from a number of political reporters. Our predilections as economists operating within the public selection culture led us into the research of a number of questions surrounding tv: What do televised periods supply for legislators? How are incumbent reelection bids affected? Do all incumbents profit? How are legislative classes replaced? Has the enactment of legislation been prompted? For the main half, those questions had bought basically cursory treatment.
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The introduction of 100 extra bills increases the number of bills passed by 9 (the average of the two sub-sample coefficients). SENATE TERM is negative and significant in High Coverage states but is insignificant in Low INo Coverage states. States with longer senate term lengths have less legislative output per biennium than states with shorter senate term lengths. BICAMERALISM has a positive coefficient but is significant only in televised states. More identical constituent bases led to more output in these states.
01 with (3,39) dJ. 05 level. Notes: Alabama, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia did not hold elections in 1976. Observations for Kentucky, New Jersey, and Virginia are for 1977, and Louisiana and Mississippi are for 1975. E.. , ~ a g, tTl ~ 0\ The Effect of Televising Legislatures on Elections 37 An explanation for why U. S. House proceedings were televised much sooner than Senate proceedings is suggested by the analysis. S. House districts are revised periodically to conform to new census data.
The Effect of Televising Legislatures on Elections 31 The data used to estimate the model are for elections to state houses and senates in 1976. The state house results are presented in Table 3 and the results are estimated on three samples. Column A reports the results when the entire (Pooled) sample is used; Column B is for states with No or Low television coverage; and Column C is for states with High Coverage. The division of the data samples into Low versus High Coverage states allows a test for structural differences in the two types oflegislative environments.