Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, December

Challenger Quality in State Legislative Elections
Legislative incumbents at both the congressional level and the state legislative level have an advantage in electoral races (Jewell and Breaux 1988,1991; Garand 1991; King and Gelman 1991). By using the perquisites of office many scholars believe that...
Deficits, Democrats, and Distributive Benefits: Congressional Elections and the Pork Barrel in the 1980s
In this study, we examine the extent to which legislators receive electoral benefits from altering the geographic distribution of federal outlays. Although there are both theoretical and anecdotal reasons to believe in the existence of such benefits,...
Economics, Racism, and Attitudes toward Immigration in the New Germany
A number of different theories have been advanced to explain support for policies which may benefit minority groups. This paper utilizes economic-self interest, traditional racism, and conservative values to explore attitudes of German citizens toward...
Foucaultian Masks and Contested Interpretations
Perhaps the central difficulty in the thought of Michel Foucault concems the shifts, breaks and changing stances across his various works. Two broad ways of interpreting Foucault are laid out. On the first view, Foucault is a liberal democrat whose thought...
Friends and Competitors: Policy Interactions between Local Governments in Metropolitan Areas
This article explores intergovernmental policy interactions between central city, county, and suburban city governments in 186 metropolitan areas. Two hypotheses are developed to test the existence and shape of intergovernmental policy interactions between...
How Media Frames More Public Opinion: An Analysis of the Women's Movement
We examine the weekly print media's coverage of the women's movement and ascertain the presence of five unique frames from the 1950s through the 1990s: a sex roles frame, a feminism frame, political rights frame, economic rights frame, and an anti-feminism...
Ideology: A Definitional Analysis
What does "ideology" mean? As a preliminary step to answering this muchasked question, I collected what seemed to be the most thoughtful and/or influential definitions circulating within the social sciences in the postwar decades. 1 A quick perusal of...
New Tests of the Democratic Peace: Controlling for Economic Interdependence, 1950-85
Maoz and Russett (1993) reported that democratic states after World War II were unlikely to engage in militarized disputes with one another, but their continuous measure of joint democracy is problematic. It can decrease if one of a pair of states becomes...
Police Brutality and Public Perceptions of Racial Discrimination: A Tale of Two Beatings
This study uses data from a national and a local opinion survey that were underway when highly publicized police beatings of African American citizens occurred in two American cities-the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and the killing of Malice...
Presidential Popularity in Central America: Parallels with the United States
This article builds on our previous work, which showed that presidential popularity in Costa Rica is responsive to economic conditions. Here the analysis covers, in addition to Costa Rica, four sister republics which only recently have undergone democratization....
Specialized Courts of Appeals' Review of Bureaucratic Actions and the Politics of Protectionism
Specialized courts are historically thought to serve only policy-neutral objectives. In the research presented here, I reexamine this widespread belief. The article analyzes the interaction between the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a specialized...
Testing Foreign Policy Belief Structures of the American Public in the Post-Cold War Period: Gross Validations from Two National Surveys
The basic attitudinal structure underlying the American public's foreign policy preferences is assessed by using both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses on two major post-cold war surveys containing many similarly worded questions-by the Chicago...