Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 4, December

Bias in Newspaper Photograph Selection
Previous research has shown that visual images of political candidates can influence voter perceptions. This study examines newspaper photographs of candidates to determine whether the favorableness of these pictures is related to the "political atmosphere"...
Democratic Progress and Regress: The Effect of Parties on the Transitions of States to and Away from Democracy
This article examines how political parties and party competition affect the likelihood of nations becoming and remaining democracies. While many scholars have long assumed that this is the case, the roles of parties and party competition are indeed...
Gubernatorial Coattail Effects in State Legislative Elections
This work explores the influence of gubernatorial coattails in state legislative elections. Through a district-level analysis conducted in nine states, I measure how party support for the governor affects the percentage of the vote received by candidates...
Hegemony and Hamburger: Migration Narratives and Democratic Unionism among Mexican Meatpackers in the U.S. West
This essay considers how the narrated experiences of immigrant workers in the United States could help promote organized labor's participation in a transnational movement to democratize globalization processes. I draw on interviews with immigrant meatpackers...
Institutional Foundations of the President's Issue Agenda
In this study, we focus on an unresolved problem in our understanding of the construction of the presidential issue agenda: how to reconcile the presidents responsiveness to public opinion with his institutionalized electoral cycle. We argue that the...
On the Popular Vote
Over the past few years, voting has become a central dramatic element on a variety of shows in the highly successful reality TV genre. Treating the "voting drama" as a shadow realm to the political, one in which anxieties and tensions produced by the...
Political Legitimacy and Participation in Costa Rica: Evidence of Arena Shopping
Considerable research has failed to establish a link between political legitimacy and system breakdown. This does not mean, however, that researchers should abandon the concept of legitimacy altogether, since it may have other important effects that...
Sources of Variation in the Frequency of Statewide Initiatives: The Role of Interest Group Populations
In this article I study the factors that determine the number of initiatives that appear on statewide ballots, with an emphasis on the characteristics of state interest group populations. In particular, I test whether the size of state citizen or economic...
States Are Not People: Harold Laski on Unsettling Sovereignty, Rediscovering Democracy
This essay examines the relationship between democratic theory and historical critiques of state sovereignty by analyzing Harold Laski's geneological approach to the history of political thought. This approach led Laski to conclude that the apparently...
The Corporate Person and Democratic Politics
This essay considers the political rights of corporations, as vested in their claim to legal personhood, and the complications such rights present to theories of democracy. While corporate personhood has generated significant debate in the field of jurisprudence,...
The Determinants of Economic Liberalization in Latin America
Previous work on political institutions and economic reform provides a number of testable hypotheses that are rarely examined in a multivariate framework. Divided government, political polarization, fragmented legislatures, ideology, external factors,...
The Impact of Political Advertising in the 2001 U.K. General Election
This article explores the extent to which advocacy and attack Party Election Broadcasts (PEBs) affected voters' party preferences during the British general election campaign of 2001. The analysis uses an experimental design that involved conducting...
The Personal and the Political in Repeat Congressional Candidacies
Analyses of the decision to run for the U.S. House are generally based on the self-reported motivations of a sample of candidates or potential candidates. In this article we take a different approach. We use a quasi-experimental design to model the decision...
The Relationship between Political Parties and Interest Groups: Explaining Patterns of PAC Contributions to Candidates for Congress
Interest groups are policy maximizers, while political parties are focused on maximizing the number of seats they win in Congress. These competing goals have important implications for the relationship between interest groups and parties. In this study...
Working on the Democratic Imagination and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy
Now is not a period of "normal science" for the field of political theory, whatever we (or Kuhn 1970) might mean by that phrase. Many political theorists will today be found toiling in fields that ostensibly belong to other disciplines, and some of the...
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