Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, June

Assessing the Applicability of Strategic Theory to Explain Decision Making on the Courts of Appeals
The focus of this analysis is whether a strategic perspective provides a useful approach that enhances an understanding of broad patterns of judicial decision making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. The authors examine whether it is reasonable in the majority...
Community Context, Personal Contact, and Support for an Anti-Gay Rights Referendum
Using data from an unusual survey, we gauge factors influencing support for a state anti-gay rights referendum. After controlling for other powerful predictors of attitudes, we find personal contact (especially relevant and voluntary contact) has an...
God Talk: Religious Cues and Electoral Support
It was revealed in 2006 that Republican candidates employ a type of religious code in their political speeches. Their intention is to cue the support of religiously conservative voters without alienating other voters who may not share the same social...
New Evidence for the Theory of Groups: Trade Association Lobbying in Washington, D.C
Group theorists led by Olson have observed that common interests do not produce collective action, except under conditions that overcome the free-rider incentive. While collective action theories have captured the imagination of the discipline, there...
Pluralism, Relativism, and Liberalism
One major focus of recent value-pluralist literature has been the question of what normative consequences follow from pluralism. This essay critically examines three arguments that attempt to show that either liberalism or a bounded modus vivendi is...
Racial Threat, Residential Segregation, and the Policy Attitudes of Anglos
The impact of racial context on the political behavior of Anglos has been a focus of social science research for well over half a century. We suggest that a shortcoming of earlier work has been the failure to account for the levels of segregation within...
Relative Extremism and Relative Moderation: Strategic Party Positioning in Democratic Systems
This article investigates the ways in which parties stake out left-right positions that deviate from the mean positions of their supporters. Previous research has shown that parties tend to adopt positions that are more extreme than those of their supporters,...
Religious Stereotyping and Voter Support for Evangelical Candidates
While much important research exists on the topic of religion and politics, very little exists on candidate religious affiliation and its potential effect on voters' behavior. This article addresses the issue of candidate religion from the point of view...
Running on Iraq or Running from Iraq? Conditional Issue Ownership in the 2006 Midterm Elections
The authors examine the role of Iraq as a campaign issue in the 2006 midterm elections, analyzing more than 400 television advertisements produced by ninety-four candidates in forty-seven competitive races for the U.S. House of Representatives. Generally,...
Spatial Proximity to the U.S.-Mexico Border and Newspaper Coverage of Immigration Issues
This article examines how geographic proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border influences newspaper coverage of immigration issues. The authors investigate two questions: Do media organizations spatially proximate to the border offer more frequent coverage...
The Contract with America and Conditional Party Government in State Legislatures
This study tests two theories of legislative leadership by comparing the power of majority-party leaders in states where the Republican Party adopted a state-level version of "The Contract with America" in 1994, with that of leaders in states where no...
The Effects of Race and Gender on the Judicial Ambitions of State Trial Court Judges
The intersection of gender-and to a lesser extent, race-and political ambition has been the subject of considerable research. To date, however, analyses of the intersection of political ambition, race, and gender in the context of the judiciary have...
The Federalist Society's Influence on the Federal Judiciary
Only twenty-five years after its founding, the Federalist Society today boasts a nationwide membership including renowned attorneys, politicians, policy makers, and jurists. Although the Society maintains that it is not a political organization, liberal...
The Iraq War and the Loss of Republican Dominance in National Security
For decades, Americans have trusted the Republicans over the Democrats to handle national security issues, by a wide margin. Over the Bush presidency, that gap has disappeared. The authors explore the causes and consequences of this loss and suggest...
The Politics and Economics of Wage, Market, and Disposable Income Inequalities
It is widely thought that among the countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), income inequality has become more widespread over the past decades. The authors show that this image is misleading. The OECD countries...
The Role of Personal Attributes in African American Roll-Call Voting Behavior in Congress
In this research note, the authors explore the extent to which personal attributes influence voting behavior for African American members of Congress. The authors test the relationship between legislators' personal attributes and Poole and Rosenthal's...
Western Political Science Association
The April 2010 meeting of the Association will be held at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 1-3. Christine DiStefano, University of Washington is serving as Program Chair for this meeting. Local Arrangements Co-Chairs are Lisa Garcia Bedolla,...