A mathematical analysis of what happened the last time the House went Republican

A social graph analysis of the House of Representatives from 2003:

House Committees Graph Analsysi

What's new is that under Republicans, committee appointments shrank, but connections between committees and subcommittees tightened. In another paper, Porter and colleagues write, "The committee reorganization following the Republican Revolution produced a sharp decline in the typical numbers of committee assignments per Representative compared to the 101st-103rd Houses [and] seems also to have tightened the compartmentalization of the House committee assignments." There may have been fewer committee appointments than under Democrats, but it was much more likely that committees and subcommittees would share members. This creates more modular networks, with areas of tightly connected nodes.

In other words, Congress becomes more insular, and more exclusive of ideas from the other party or at least half of America. Although this is to be expected to some extent of any party in the majority, the extent to which the Republican abuse this power, not to mention how they abused their power as a minority as seen with the latest Congress does not bode well for progress in this country in the next 2 years.

[via i09]

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