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Interest Groups and Ideas: The Battle Over Housing Finance in the run-up to the Financial Crisis

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dc.contributor.advisor Fuller, Stephen S.
dc.contributor.author Champagne, Maurice B.
dc.creator Champagne, Maurice B.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T18:42:27Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T18:42:27Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9683
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the relationship between interest group access and American policymaking in three papers. Paper 1 suggests a key mechanism for interest group influence is in the opportunity for campaign contributors to frame information and dominate the belief diffusion process in congressional committees. The paper proposes hypotheses around the impact of interest group access on belief diffusion in a committee-level social network. It then employs social network analysis and Correlated Topic Modeling to determine whether members of Congress with the same interest group donors develop statistically similar cognitive maps with respect to a complex policy issue.
dc.format.extent 171 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Maurice B. Champagne
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject Political Science en_US
dc.subject Social structure en_US
dc.subject belief diffusion en_US
dc.subject congressional committees en_US
dc.subject Financial Crisis en_US
dc.subject Government Sponsored Enterprises en_US
dc.subject interest groups en_US
dc.subject legislative subsidy en_US
dc.title Interest Groups and Ideas: The Battle Over Housing Finance in the run-up to the Financial Crisis
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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