Political Research Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, December

Amnesia, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Place Memory
AbstractThis article examines two seemingly opposed modes of place-making, urban sprawl and historic preservation, and their relationship to memory. The author contends that urban sprawl creates a landscape of either willful or accidental amnesia, where...
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Western Political Science Association 2012 MeetingThe 2012 meeting of the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) will be held at the Marriott Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. It will take place from Thursday, March 22, though Saturday, March 24,...
Bringing out the Hook: Exit Talk in Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton and Past Presidential Campaigns
AbstractIn this article the authors measure a phenomenon they name "exit talk": the undertheorized pressures that second-place contenders for presidential nominations face to exit the race. Content analysis of media exit talk from the 2008 Clinton candidacy...
Casting Votes: The National Campaign Context and State Turnout, 1920-2008
AbstractThis study examines voter turnout in the American states in U.S. presidential and House elections from 1920 through 2008. A model predicts turnout as the sum of the national campaign context, state autonomy, and electoral continuity. The national...
Elevating Women's Voices in Congress: Speech Participation in the House of Representatives
AbstractThe authors analyze gender differences in members' speech participation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Speeches increase members' visibility and voice in the legislative process, providing opportunities for members to highlight...
Exploring the Impact of Community and Organizational Social Capital on Government Performance: Evidence from England
AbstractCivic-republican theories of democracy assume high levels of social capital within the community and within public bureaucracies will be associated with better government performance. This article tests these assumptions by analyzing the impact...
Grassroots Mobilization in the Digital Age: Interest Group Response to Supreme Court Nominees
AbstractThis study examines how ten interest groups used electronic mail to mobilize their supporters in response to the Supreme Court nominations of John G. Roberts, Jr., Harriet Miers, and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. The effects of group characteristics and...
Linking Party Platforms to Perceptions of Presidential Candidates' Policy Positions, 1972-2000
AbstractIf candidates sometimes seek to distinguish themselves from their parties and are ambiguous about their policy positions, to what extent do the policy platforms of parties affect individuals' perceptions of presidential candidate positions? Using...
On the Relationship between Public Opinion and Decision Making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals
AbstractThe authors explore whether the federal courts act as countermajoritarian institutions by investigating the influence of public mood on decision making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals from 1961 to 2002. The results indicate that public opinion...
Political Awareness and Partisan Realignment: Are the Unaware Unevolved?
AbstractMany attribute the demise of the solid South, and changes in party attachments outside the South, to elite-level changes in the parties' positions on racial issues and an issue evolution of the party system. Support is also growing for the notion...
Politics at the Checkout Line: Explaining Political Consumerism in the United States
AbstractPolitical consumerism is the intentional buying or abstention from buying specific products for political, social, or ethical purposes. We develop and test hypotheses regarding the individual sources of political consumerism in the United States....
Social Capital, Racial Diversity, and Equity: Evaluating the Determinants of Equity in the United States
AbstractRobert Putnam's work suggests social capital is compatible with social equality, while Rodney Hero argues the two are inversely related. Hero and Putnam, however, are limited in their arguments because they have only cross-sectional data and...
Solicitor General Influence and Agenda Setting on the U.S. Supreme Court
AbstractDo Solicitors General (SGs) influence how justices vote? Years of scholarship suggests that the answer is yes but has largely failed to examine what influence means and just how much influence the SG wields. The authors examine SG influence during...
State Supreme Courts and the Effects of Statutory Constraint: A Test of the Model of Contingent Discretion
AbstractDo state supreme court judges render decisions according to their ideological preferences, or are they constrained by the language of state statutes? Using data from the Judge-Level State Supreme Court Database, the authors analyze the votes...
The Cost of Convenience: An Experiment Showing E-Mail Outreach Decreases Voter Registration
AbstractLower transaction costs have shifted voter registration activities online and away from traditional modes of outreach. Downloading forms may impose higher transaction costs than traditional outreach for some people and thereby decrease electoral...
The Dynamics of Interest Representation at the U.S. Supreme Court
AbstractHow do organized interests respond to their opponents' advocacy activities in a policy venue? Utilizing data on amicus curiae filings at the U.S. Supreme Court, the author estimates vector error correction and vector autoregression models that...
The Institutional Mobility of Minority Members of Congress
AbstractThis article examines the extent to which race and ethnicity affect mobility to leadership positions within Congress. The authors utilize survival analysis to examine the rate at which legislators attained committee leadership positions between...
What's in a Name? Coverage of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primary
AbstractThroughout the 2008 Democratic primary, Senator Hillary Clinton, her supporters and advocates, feminist groups, and commentators accused the media of sexist coverage. Was Hillary Clinton treated differently in the media because of her gender?...

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