Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3, September

A Comparison of Three Emerging Theories of the Policy Process
In an earlier review of political theories of the policy process, Sabatier (1991) challenged political scientists and policy scholars to improve theoretical understanding of policy processes. This essay responds by comparing and building upon three emerging...
An Economic Theory of Antisemitism? Exploring Attitudes in the New German State
One of the most classical stereotypes of Jews is that they have a disproportionate influence in economic matters. As a consequence, they are often affixed with undeserved blame by those experiencing economic difficulties. Utilizing recent data gathered...
Correction Note: Political-Economic Factors Influencing State Medicaid Policy
I gratefully acknowledge Evan Rindquist for alerting me to the fact that I had incorrectly stacked the data (by year by state, instead of by state by year) to run my model in SHAZAM.1 Although the correct results still largely support my theoretical...
Influences on Reinvention during the Diffusion of Innovations
This study considers how states change policy innovations as they diffuse. This process, known as reinvention, has been the subject of recent innovation diffusion research (Mooney and Lee 1995; Glick and Hays 1991). This paper examines the role of controversy...
Looking out My Back Door: The Neighborhood Context and Perceptions of Relative Deprivation
Students of political violence have often suggested that socioeconomic conditions play a significant role in explaining the individual-level predisposition toward violence. Relative deprivation theories propose that a persons socioeconomic situation...
Personal Economic Well-Being and the Individual Vote for Congress: A Pooled Analysis, 1980-1990
For nearly two decades congressional elections scholars have struggled to match individual-level findings for the pocketbook voting thesis with aggregate-level findings. Whereas strong and consistent support can be found for the pocketbook thesis in...
Politics, Citizens, and the Good Life: Assessing Two Versions of Ethical Liberalism
According to a number of recent critics, various efforts to justify liberalism in a neutral or merely "political" fashion have failed badly In response, William Galston and Ronald Dworkin, as well as other theorists, have tried to articulate a foundational...
Presidential Agenda Setting: Influences on the Emphasis of Foreign Policy
Presidential power is significantly augmented by the ability to influence the political agenda. However, we know little about the factors leading presidents to pursue particular issues over others. In this analysis we examine the influences on presidential...
Privacy and Sexuality in a Society Divided over Moral Culture
In this article, I develop an individuality-based conception of the right to privacy that can be used to protect the freedoms of sexual choice and intimate association. In doing so, I draw on John Stuart Mill's concept of individuality and his celebration...
The Myth of the Diversionary Use of Force by American Presidents
One of the most intriguing claims that has been made about the behavior of American presidents is that they have been motivated by deteriorating political conditions at home to engage in conflict abroad. However, we identify three problems with this...
"What's New in the Federalist Papers?"
The Federalist Papers is regarded by both American political theorists and scientists as the ur-text of the polity, an assessment which is derived in large part from the belief in the causal relationship between the essays and the founding act itself....
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