Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 3, September

Cabinet Collapses and Currency Crashes
Asset market performance conditions the strategic context of cabinet terminations. In turn, information about cabinet terminations shapes how market actors evaluate the government's commitment to specific policies, affecting overall economic performance....
Campaign Finance Laws and Candidacy Decisions in State Legislative Elections
This article examines the influence of campaign election laws on patterns of candidacy in state legislative elections. Previous studies demonstrate that restrictions on campaign contributions affect levels of campaign spending and competition, but do...
Coalition Government and Political Communication
One of the central challenges facing multiparty governments in parliamentary democracies is the need for coalition parties to communicate to their constituents that they have not strayed significantly from their electoral commitments when agreeing to...
Communication and the Life Cycle of Parliamentary Democracy
The study of coalition politics in parliamentary democracies has come a long way from its one-time conception of coalition bargaining as episodic and mutually isolated events, brought about spontaneously and exogenously by a general election or by the...
Do Investors Assess the Credibility of Campaign Commitments? the Case of Mexico's 2006 Presidential Race
Do investors assess the credibility of campaign rhetoric? To answer this question, I develop several alternative arguments for how investors might consider candidates' policy platforms and apply them to Mexico's 2006 presidential race. Statistical analysis...
Dynamic Approaches to Studying Parliamentary Coalitions
Democratic governments come in two pure forms-presidential and parliamentary systems. The main distinction lies in the relationship between the executive and the legislature; a separation of powers characterizes a presidential system, while in a parliamentary...
Governmental Politics and the Dynamics of Multiparty Competition
The politics of coalition government is a phase in a never-ending dynamic process of multiparty political competition. Most models of coalition government are static and focus on the making or the breaking of governments, ignoring or at least holding...
Institutional Change and the Electoral Connection in the Senate: Revisiting the Effects of Direct Election
The author argues that direct election intensified existing electoral incentives in the early-twentieth-century Senate, shifting the audience for senators' reelection efforts with measurable behavioral consequences. The author examines patterns of bill...
Presidential Rhetoric, Candidate Evaluations, and Party Identification: Can Parties "Own" Values?
By embedding value cues in their rhetoric, presidential candidates hope to present themselves and their parties as stewards of those values. This article examines the effects of this rhetoric by testing two hypotheses. The first hypothesis is that this...
Sins of Commission? Understanding Membership Patterns on the United Nations Human Rights Commission
A prominent liberal explanation for why states join international organizations is to advance norms that such organizations represent. The authors examine the patterns of membership on the now-defunct United Nations Human Rights Commission (now the UN...
Strong Civil Society as a Double-Edged Sword: Siting Trailers in Post-Katrina New Orleans
To meet the dire need for housing following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials created lists of potential sites for trailer parks. We analyze approved sites to track which factors were linked with larger...
The Impact of the Australian Ballot on Member Behavior in the U.S. House of Representatives
Katz and Sala linked the development of committee property rights in the late-nineteenth-century U.S. House of Representatives to the introduction of the Australian ballot. If, as they posited, members sought personal reputations to carry them to reelection...
The Micro-Dynamics of Coalition Formation
We present an experimental approach to study the micro-dynamics of coalition formation in an unrestricted bargaining environment. Specifically, we investigate a fundamental feature of sequential coalition bargaining models: expectations about future...
The Supreme Court and Opinion Content: The Influence of Parties' Briefs
Do parties' briefs influence the content of Supreme Court opinions? The author contends that the parties, through the briefs submitted on the merits, have the ability to influence the content of opinions and, consequently, have the ability to influence...
Uprooting Nebuchadnezzar's Tree: Francis Bacon's Criticism of Machiavellian Imperialism
However boldly Francis Bacon might praise Machiavelli, he nevertheless formulates a powerful critique of his mentor's views regarding the means and aims of empire. Oriented by a prudential and normative commitment to philanthropia, Bacon reassesses the...