A Policy Approach to Political Representation: Lessons from the Four Corners States

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2-1. Agenda items, ranked by frequency of mention34
3-1. Years served in senate42
3-2. State senators' perception of their jobs47
3-3. Profile characteristics of state senators and voters52
3-4. Occupation of senators54
3-5. Residency statistics for senators, and percentage of total state population born in the state55
3-6. Percentage of senators with previous political experience56
3-7. Comparison of agenda items in Arizona: senators, elite voters, and all voters58
3-8. Comparison of agenda items in New Mexico: senators, elite voters, and all voters59
3-9. Comparison of agenda items in Colorado: senators, elite voters, and all voters59
3-10. Comparison of agenda items in Utah: senators, elite voters, and all voters60
3-11. Ranks assigned by senators to various decision-making cues61
3-12. Felt expertise among senators63
3-13. Does constituency have knowledge of legislator's votes on most issues?65
3-14. Senators' choice of party opinion vs. constituency opinion and their own views66
3-15. Influence of interest groups as seen by senators70
3-16. Groups that a majority of senators agree have a lot of influence70
4-1. Ideology and party cluster77
4-2. Status quo-change cluster79
4-3. Water allocation cluster80
4-4. Affective environmental cluster82
4-5. Evaluative environmental cluster83
4-6. Skepticism cluster85
4-7. Correlation with party and ideology of senators' attitudes on issues88
4-8. Opinion on the Equal Rights Amendment: voters and senators91
4-9. Index of congruence between voter and senator opinion on the ERA91
4-10. Opinion on busing and spending for welfare: voters and senators91
4-11. Index of congruence between voter and senator opinion on busing and welfare92
4-12. Correlations between strength of party identification (strong Democrat and Republican) and opinion on issues in the party and ideology domain94
4-13. Ideology and party affiliations of voters and senators and index of congruence95
4-14. Averages of indices of congruence and percentage differences of voters' and senators' opinions in two issue clusters97
4-15. Spending priorities of voters and senators98
5-1. Priorities among water users: percentage of voters and senators responding more or the same amount of water in the future104
5-2. Seriousness of water shortage: percentage of voters' and legislators' responses109

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