Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, June

A Bicameral Perspective on Legislative Retirement: The Case of the Senate
Existing theories of congressional retirement have developed in the context of the House of Representatives and thus do not consider important differences between the Senate and the House. Our empirical analysis of Senate retirement from 1962 to 2000...
Assessing the Impact of Presidential and Home State Influences on Judical Decisionmaking in the United States Courts of Appeals
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Formulae omitted.) Previous studies are in agreement that most appointments to the lower federal courts are the result of negotiations between the President and senators or other elites from the nominees' home state....
Between Rationalism and Postmodernism: Hume's Political Science of Our "Mixed Kind of Life"
Many recent studies of David Hume emphasize his criticism of Enlightenment rationalism, but these studies risk making Hume into a paleoconservative advocate of local attachment. This article suggests that Hume's political science can best be seen as...
Evangelicalism Meets the Continental Divide: Moral and Economic Conservatism in the United States and Canada
One of the most prominent ideas subsumed within the "American exceptionalism" literature is that evangelical Protestantism has always had an unusually powerful influence on U.S. political culture. In contrast, more recent literature points to the transnational...
Hispanic Turnout: Estimates from Validated Voting Data
This study is the first to test theories about the distinctiveness of Hispanic voting participation using validated voting data, which are necessary to assess Hispanic turnout relative to the turnout of other groups. The central issue is whether a Latino...
Political Repression and Public Perceptions of Human Rights
Based on data from 18 Central and East European countries collected between 1991 and 1996, this article tests informational assumptions underlying strategic interaction and collective action models of government repression and dissent. Specifically,...
"Reading" "Methods" "Texts": How Research Methods Texts Construct Political Science
FIELD ESSAY This article reports on an interpretive content analysis of fourteen research methods texts. We read them as a genre-exploring their structural and rhetorical features-to address two questions: To what extent do research methods texts reflect...
The Ghent System and Union Membership in Europe, 1970-1996
In recent years, a fundamental basis of union strength, membership density, has diverged dramatically across Europe. While most countries have witnessed stagnation or decline in unionization rates, a few countries have actually experienced steady gains,...
The Origins and Impact of Votes for Third-Party Candidates: A Case Study of the 1998 Minnesota Gubernational Election
We estimate a multinomial probit model of vote choice and turnout to examine the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial election. Like supporters of recent third-party presidential candidates, voters who elected Jesse Ventura tended to be young, male, lower in...