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“A Network Perspective on Passing Legislation”

Matthew Howell

Passing legislation in the US Congress involves navigating a bill through numerous checkpoints.  Overcoming these checkpoints is made easier by making trades among Congressmen who have control over the various checkpoints, and by having many other representatives backing the bill, amendment, or law.  While in theory, all congressmen could know all other congressmen, member time is highly structured by the committee process, and so the committee assignments network is used to examine the impact of working with many fellow committee-members (out-degree centrality) and working with many well-connected members (eigenvector centrality) to pass legislation.

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