Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, September

Beliefs and Perceived Influence in a Natural Resource Conflict: An Advocacy Coalition Approach to Policy Networks
To what extent do stakeholders in a conflict over natural resources interact with actors of congruent policy core beliefs or with actors who have perceived influence? The response to this question is structured principally by the Advocacy Coalition Framework...
Elite Cues and Citizen Disagreement with Expert Opinion
Though scholars have long been concerned about the quality of citizens' political decision making, we still know little about why citizens disagree with the best-informed opinion in society, that of public policy experts. In this article, I examine the...
Elite Discourse and American Public Opinion: The Case of Welfare Spending
Popular support for American welfare policies dipped sharply during the mid-1990s. The purpose of this article is to determine why this pronounced, but temporary, shift in public opinion occurred. We use data from the CPS National Election Studies to...
Evidence of Group-Based Economic Voting: NAFTA and Union Households in the 1992 U.S. Presidential Election
Previous research has found no evidence of group-based economic voting. However, these studies relied on perceptions of general group economic well-being, a goal which voters could pursue through other economic information such as the state of the general...
Generational Cohorts, Group Membership, and Political Participation by People with Disabilities
In this investigation, we offer a quite comprehensive examination of political participation among people with disabilities-a large and growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2000 census, nearly 50 million people identified themselves as living...
Getting to Know You and Getting Your Vote: Lobbyists' Uncertainty and the Contacting of Legislators
Lobbyists and legislators exchange information in a lobbying relationship. This article uses Wrights continuum of access model (1996) to analyze how lobbyists strategically seek information on the preferences of legislators. I develop hypotheses to predict...
Information Flow and Voter Decision Making in the 2001 Australian Federal Election: The Role of International and Domestic Issues
This article examines the role of TV coverage in voter decision making during the 2001 Australian federal election campaign, called just weeks after a major asylum seeker incident and the September 11 terrorist attacks. It does so by exploring voters'...
"Lien on Me": State Policy Innovation in Response to Paper Terrorism
Within the current context of state governments searching for roles in the response to terrorism, we explore the nature of state policy response to recent domestic threats to government operations. We employ a general model of state diffusion of innovative...
Racial/Ethnic Group Attitudes toward Environmental Protection in California: Is "Environmentalism" Still a White Phenomenon?
One view of minority opinion on environmental issues suggests that minority voters are focused on less esoteric concerns such as education, jobs, and crime. An alternative argument is that minorities, many of whom live proximate to the sources of pollution...
Separate and Unequal Effects: Information, Political Sophistication and Negative Advertising in American Elections
This article examines the effects of negative political advertising in American elections. Studies of negative advertising have become unproductively bogged down on the question of whether or not more or less exposure to negative advertising leads to...
The Cambridge School and Leo Strauss: Texts and Context of American Political Science
Over the past quarter century, the Cambridge School of Intellectual History has had a profound influence on the study of political theory in the U.S. The scholarship of historians such as John Dunn, Quentin Skinner, and John Pocock has almost single-handedly...
The Politics of Homelessness: Shelter Now and Political Protest
This study examines a homeless social movement organization-Shelter Now-that is attempting to influence policy and empower homeless people in a small California city. Interviews with Shelter Now leaders, service providers, and city and county policymakers...

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