Honors College Thesis

 

Winning through Compromise? An Examination of Bipartisanship and Electability Public Deposited

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  • In America’s polarized politics, the language that congresspeople use matters. This thesis examines the use of bipartisan communications—in tweets and press releases—of members of the US House of Representatives as an electoral strategy for representatives in districts of varying competitiveness. A linear regression was conducted to analyze the relationship between district competitiveness and bipartisan mentions. It found that there is a strong relationship between competitiveness of the district and bipartisan mentions; representatives in the most competitive districts mention bipartisanship more frequently. This thesis also explores the impact of gerrymandering and its potential effect on communication. Key Words: Political Science, Communication, Bipartisan, Electability, Representatives
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