A House divided: The Rise of Political Partinsanship

Michaels Anmerkung: MdP beschäftigt sich intensiv mit der Analyse und Visualiserung von Beziehungsgeflechten. Die ersten Eigenproduktion sind in Arbeit. So stay tuned. 

The Rise of Partisanship in the U.S. House of Representatives (1)

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It’s news to no one that Congress has had a hard time passing legislation in recent years. Some have even asserted that partisanship in Washington has reached historic levels. But how do we put the current divide in perspective? A group of researchers recently tried to quantify and visualize House partisanship in a paper published in PLoS ONE.

To understand what is being displayed:

  • Each dot represents a member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Connection lines represent when two members voted the same way
  • Connection line thickness represents how often they voted together during each 2-year period
  • Dot size based on the total number of connections
  • Color represents political party

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