Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 4, December

Ballot Information and Voting Decisions in Judicial Elections
Ballots used in the American states differ in the information that they provide about candidates. This article examines the effects of ballot information on voters' decisions whether and how to vote in individual contests, effects on which scholars have...
Campaign War Chests and Challenger Emergence in State Legislative Elections
Recent studies examining the role of money in state legislative campaigns focus on questions related to the amounts raised, the sources of the funds, and the effects of spending on election outcomes. Little attention, however, has been given to the possible...
Candidate Advertisements, Media Coverage, and Citizen Attitudes: The Agendas and Roles of Senators and Governors in a Federal System
We argue that the policy divisions created by a federalist structure provide a frame, helping political leaders identify or prioritize executive and legislative agendas and helping citizens in assigning political responsibility Relying upon Peterson's...
Citizens by Choice, Voters by Necessity: Patterns in Political Mobilization by Naturalized Latinos
In this article, we compare the 1996 turnout among cohorts of naturalized and native-born Latino citizens, looking for between-group differences endogenous to recent anti-immigrant rhetoric and events in California. WVe argue that immigrants naturalizing...
Domestic Politics and the Political Use of Military Force by the United States
RESEARCH NOTE The diversionary hypothesis, that leaders use force to distract publics from suffering economies and declining performance, has been explored in numerous articles and books. Despite this attention, the empirical evidence is often contradictory....
In Memoriam
Rita Mae Kelly, Professor of Political Science and Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics at the University of Texas at Dallas, died on September 16, 2001, not quite a year after she was diagnosed as having lung cancer. She was the Director...
Nominating Presidential Candidates: The Primary Season Compared to Two Alternatives
Study of the impact of the McGovern-Fraser reforms on presidential nominations, though extensive, has focused largely on (1) the effects of reduced control by party leaders, and (2) the nature of inputs including votes, media, and money Despite the unusual...
Political Participation: Does Religion Matter?
Verba, Schlozman, and Brady (1995) posit that variation in ethnic group political participation, while related to socioeconomic differences among them, is derived from the acquisition of civic skills through their associational memberships and, in particular,...
Predicting Legislative Output in the First One-Hundred Days, 1897-1995
This study applies OLS and Poisson regression analysis to predicting the legislative output of Congress during the first Hundred Days of 1897 to 1995. The celebrated One Hundred Days of 1933 has not encouraged researchers to try to identify the structural,...
Recruitment and Political Participation
RESEARCH NOTE Political elites spend considerable resources on recruitment activities. Existing research generally concludes that these activities are effective, but also suggests that political elites recruit strategically But strategic recruitment...
Testing the Limits of Elite Influence on Public Opinion: An Examination of Sports Facility Referendums
A great deal of scholarly research has demonstrated that elites have considerable influence over the preference formation process of individuals. What scholars understand less is just how far the influence of elites extends. We test the potential limits...
Toward a New Typology of Vetoes and Overrides
This research develops a typology of vetoes and overrides based on the nature of the coalition that originally passed the legislation. We posit that both legislative and non-legislative objectives inform the strategies of the President and congressional...