The New England Journal of Political Science

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Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

Cohousing as Civic Society: Cohousing Involvement and Political Participation in Massachusetts
AbstractThis study asks whether cohousing as a form of non-political association has spill-over effects on participation in politics. The civic-society literature has shown that organizational and persuasive activities engaged in by members of voluntary...
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Editor's Forward
Welcome to Volume VII, Number 1 (Spring 2013) of the New England Journal of Political Science. For those of you who might be wondering, we have indeed adjusted the seasons assigned to each issue to make better sense. From here forward, Issue Number 1...
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Whatever Happened to the Republican "Lock" on the Electoral College?
AbstractDuring the 1980s some political analysts began to wonder if the Democratic Party would be able to regain the White House in the foreseeable future. The apparent Republican invulnerability in the South, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain...
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"Partisan Gerrymandering after LULAC vs. Perry: A Proposed New Approach"
AbstractPartisan gerrymandering continues to be a controversial practice that undermines democratic participation among the electoral systems of the several American states. Although the United States Supreme Court has ruled that constitutional "equal...
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Connecticut: Tragedy and Fiscal Uncertainty
Since the May 2012 Connecticut report, the Newtown school shooting in December and the recovery from October's Hurricane Sandy have captivated public attention and political discourse in the state and at the national level. The human tragedy faced by...
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Maine Politics in 2013: Still Moralistic Yankeedom's Exemplar?
Observers have long identified Maine as an embodiment of Daniel Elazar's moralistic political culture. Maine seemingly reflects Elazar's association of moralistic polities with amateur participation in politics, a preference for nonpartisanship to improve...
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The "Scott Brown Era" in Massachusetts Politics
The "special" election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's vacated US Senate seat in January, 2010 sent shock waves through the American political universe. How could the Democrats lose this safest of safe US Senate seats? Was Brown the vanguard...
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Politics in New Hampshire
Equilibrium points have been elusive in New Hampshire politics for the past half-dozen years. Control of the state's 400-member State House has changed hands three times since 2006, with dozens of seats changing hands between Democrats and Republicans....
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Reflecting on the Legacy of Howard L. Reiter (1945-2012)
In the months since Dr. Howard L. Reiter's death (January 10, 2012), we take a moment to reflect upon his life and work. Dr. Reiter was Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Connecticut, and served...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, 2012

Voting Politics in the American States
The right to vote, said the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore (2000), encompasses not just the formal "allocation of the franchise," but also "the manner of its exercise." More than a decade after that ruling, Americans are even more exercised about...
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Ensuring Every Citizen Has the Opportunity to Vote: Adopting Election Day Registration in Connecticut
AbstractOn June 4, 2012, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law legislation that made Connecticut the ninth state to adopt Election Day registration (EDR). This article tells the story behind passage of House Bill 5024, An Act Concerning Voting Rights....
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Voting Restriction Politics in Maine
AbstractIn recent years, many states passed laws restricting voting. Maine followed suit in 2011 but, unlike those states, the law-which ended election-day registration-was reversed at the ballot box. This paper explains what happened in Maine by pointing...
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Voting Restriction Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin
IntroductionMinnesota and Wisconsin are known throughout the country as being two of the more progressive states in the Midwest and the indeed the nation. While part of this reputation is based on liberal social policies, it also comes out of an understanding...
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Voter ID in Rhode Island
The passage of a Voter ID law in Rhode Island in 2011 was unexpected; indeed it came out of one of the bluest states in the Union. Rhode Island, one of the most Democratic in the country, has a strong union presence and an enduring tradition of liberal...
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The Battle over Election Reform in the Swing State of Florida
After dueling allegations that it was either a protection against voting fraud or a disenfranchisement act, Florida lawmakers on May 5 [2011] approved a 157-page overhaul of the state's elections code [CS/CS/HB 1355]."James L. Rosica, Associated Press."This...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012

Editor's Forward
I hope you enjoy reading Volume VI, Number 1 (Fall 201 1) of the New England Journal of Political Science as much as I enjoyed putting it together. This issue features four articles and five state reports. James M. Cook of the University of Maine at...
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The Changing Face of Incumbency: Joe Lieberman's Digital Presentation of Self
ABSTRACT:This paper explores how Joe Lieberman's digital presentation of self changed throughout the course of the 2006 election. Based on content analysis of Lieberman's campaign website, three unique self-presentation phases are identified: Democrat,...
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Strangers in Your Town: How Considerations of Potential Power Influence Judgments about Civil Liberties for Disliked Groups
AbstractThough Americans are socialized to support extensive civil liberties, prior research has shown that even one encounter with certain types of information about a disliked group may lead to significant decreases in citizens' willingness to be politically...
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Democratic Foreign Policy and the Cold War: Variations in Behavior during Periods of International Constraint
AbstractA growing body of literature, drawing on comparative perspectives, argues that democracies vary to such an extent that they should not be treated as homogenously as they are by democratic peace theory. The article, therefore, returns to the monadic...
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Connecticut: Implementing a New Vision for the State
Since his election in 2010, Democratic Governor Dan Malloy has been dedicated to implementing his vision for a new Connecticut. This vision includes a balanced budget, an increase in the number of businesses opening or relocating in the state, and significant...
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Massachusetts Politics 2012
The period since the elections of 2010 has been busy for the key political players and parties in Massachusetts. Nothing has occurred that would disturb the conclusion of Professor Jerold Duquette in True Blue Mass 2010 that political equilibrium has...
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Rhode Island Politics: Continued Disarray
Since the 2010 elections, the new normal in Rhode Island appears to be political and economic upheaval. In this traditionally heavily Democratic state, the party system remains in disarray. The economic picture is still dismal and the political scene...
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Politics in Vermont and New Hampshire, 2012: The Storm before the Calm, the Calm before the Storm
As has often been the case in recent decades, the politics of the neighboring states of Vermont and New Hampshire found themselves diverging somewhat in 201 1-2012. In Vermont, natural and political events in 201 1 (Hurricane Irene and relicensing controversy...
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