Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, December

A Democratic Oakeshott?
This study explores features of Michael Oakeshott's political thought that have attracted interest from an unexpected source, those who are advocates of radical democratic theory and practice. I examine aspects of this interest in Oakeshott's concepts...
Coordinating Restraint: Democratization, Fiscal Policy and Money Creation in Latin America
Although previous studies have posited a link between new democracies and economic policy, theoretical justification for this hypothesis has been sketchy, while econometric tests have been lacking. This article explores the link between public finance...
Derailing Presidential Fast-Track Authority: The Impact of Constituency Pressures and Political Ideology on Trade Policy in Congress
This article explores the relative impact of constituency, political ideology, and labor strength on support for presidential fast-track trade authority in 1991 and 1997. Multivariate logistic regression analysis of legislators' positions shows that...
Expensive Lessons: Education and the Political Economy of the American State
Economic development has long been an important focus of state politics; and political scientists have devoted considerable effort to analyzing the ability of policymakers to influence local economic conditions. Unfortunately, analysis in this area of...
Penny Pinching or Politics? the Line Item Veto and Military Construction Appropriations
Although scholars have studied the item veto and its effects-at the state-level-for years, there is considerable disagreement over the national-level political and fiscal ramifications of the implementation of the item veto. Our analysis is the first...
Presidential Elections and the Economy 1872 to 1996: The Times They Are a 'Changin or the Song Remains the Same?
Scholars have argued that economic conditions influence presidential elections because Presidents have some influence over macroeconomic performance. Most research on the impact of the economy on presidential elections has focused on the period after...
Reading, Writing, and Regime Type: Democracy's Impact on Primary School Enrollment
This study examines the relationship between democracy and the accumulation of human capital. Specifically, I examine regime type's impact on primary school enrollment in the developing world. The statistical analysis establishes that poor democracies...
The Politics of Executive Orders: Legislative Constraints on Presidential Power
Conventional wisdom suggests that Presidents use executive orders, sometimes characterized as presidential legislation, when legislation is too difficult to pass (in the face of an opposition Congress, for example) or when executive departments or agencies...
The Supreme Court and the Powers of the Executive: The Adjudication of Foreign Policy
Few substantive areas have merited as little empirical scrutiny as the Supreme Court's decisions on the conduct of United States foreign policy Many scholars have seemingly accepted as axiomatic that Court decisions on foreign policy have been rare and...
Work and Welfare in the American States: Analyzing the Effects of the JOBS Program
This research seeks to determine whether the job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program (established under the 1988 Family Support Act) was successful in reducing the number of welfare recipients among U.S. states for the period 1984 to 1996....