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The Nixon in China Effect: Are Veterans in Congress More Pacifist than Non-Veterans?

By Jonathan Williams


This paper examines the impact of veterans in congress during the 108th congress. Popular perceptions and some scholars argue that veterans vote differently and create different policies than non-veterans. The analysis tests this hypothesis during the 2003-2005 session of congress and finds that veterans generally vote differently than nonveterans but that on specific votes there is not a statistically significant difference

Year: 2006
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