Legislative Party Voting for the Governor's Program
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXI: 359-81

This research investigates the linkage between the governor's electoral party coalition and the governor's coalition within the legislature. Legislators in 10 states in 1983 are examined for their voting loyalty on the governor's program bills. In the five state with strong parties, where the parties "endorse" for governor, party line voting for or against the governor is quite high; whereas, in the states with nonendorsing parties, there is less gubernatorial party support and less partisan voting. Party line voting is enhanced also by unified rather than divided party control of government, and the governor receives greater legislative support following a strong electoral showing in the districts of legislators.