New Publication for James Cook: "Gender, Voting and Cosponsorship in the Maine State Legislature"

Cook, James. 2011. "Gender, Voting and Cosponsorship in the Maine State Legislature." New England Journal of Political Science 6.1: 2-30.

Abstract: The prediction that women in politics ought to support bills deemed "women-friendly" more often than men is methodologically questionable, relying on operationalizations of womenfriendliness that at times break with women's own articulation of their interests. OLS analysis of voting and cosponsorship in the 124th and 125th Maine State Legislatures fails to consistently support this individual-level hypothesis. A relational analysis of lawmakers in pairs avoids prior assumptions about which bills women ought to support, more broadly assessing the extent of cooperation along gender lines for men and women across bills of all sorts. MRQAP regression applied to bills in the 124th and 125th Maine State Legislatures reveals that neither men nor women in the legislature tend to vote or cosponsor simply along lines of gender. Rather, gendered cooperation manifests itself differently in different years, different parties and different chambers to a different extent for men than for women.