By Diana Evans
Different books have documented red meat barrel tasks in several coverage parts, yet none has tested the method of utilizing beef to shop for votes for wide public coverage. This booklet unearths how Congressional leaders and the President provide beef barrel tasks to Congressional individuals' districts to shop for their votes for broad-based nationwide laws. It does so via interviews with key actors--who give you the foundation for a wealthy narrative of the method of passing the debts in addition to statistical research.
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By contrast, it is quite feasible to eliminate a pork barrel benefit that was targeted to a specific member in punishment for betrayal on an amendment. ) as saying committee members would not receive transition rules unless they voted for his bill (1990, p. 218). Yet such individual vote buying is not fully incorporated into his theoretical discussion. The sort of policy modification that Arnold describes there, a strategy of targeting benefits to classes of districts rather than to individual ones, is a blunt instrument compared with the insertion of projects for individual members.
In any public policy area, proposed legislation may originate in one or more of several places. The following brief discussion is not intended to be comprehensive on that score but is meant to illustrate the reasons that coalition leaders might wish to protect a bill’s general interest provisions by buying votes with pork barrel add-ons. xml 38 Evans 0521836816 March 22, 2004 23:32 Greasing the Wheels Potential policy coalition leaders may begin with their own mostpreferred policy. However, it is very unlikely that major legislation modeled strictly on the policy views of one leader could gain a majority on the merits.
Briefly, the argument is that when some legislators’ votes are bought with pork barrel benefits, the general interest policy to which the benefits are attached need not be to the liking of the majority of Congress. xml 28 Evans 0521836816 March 22, 2004 23:5 Greasing the Wheels legislation, it paradoxically may undermine majoritarian government on broader policy issues. A word about terminology is in order here. The use of the term “vote buying,” along with the corollary of “vote selling,” may seem to imply corruption.