The Journal of Politics

Research Notes

Overdraft: The Political Cost of Congressional Malfeasance

John Alforda1, Holly Teetersa1, Daniel S. Warda1 and Rick K. Wilsona1

a1 Rice University

Abstract

This research focuses on the aggregate effects of the House Banking Scandal on the 1992 elections for the U.S. House of Representatives. While many commentators felt the scandal would transform the House of Representatives through massive displacement of members, we argue that the literature on scandals in Congress should have made us more cautious in our prognostications. We focus on three different stages of reelection for incumbents and conclude that the House Banking Scandal had only a nominal effect on those who wrote bad checks.

(Received December 17 1993)

(Revised March 05 1993)

John Alford is associate professor of political science, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251.

Holly Teeters is a Ph.D. candidate in political science, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251.

Daniel S. Ward is assistant professor of political science, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251.

Rick K. Wilson is associate professor of political science, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251.

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