• Publications
  • Influence
Easy Registration and Voter Turnout
  • B. Highton
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • 1 May 1997
Registration requirements are often identified as factors that depress turnout in the United States In addition, it is alleged that they contribute to the "socioeconomic skew" of the votingExpand
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The First Seven Years of the Political Life Cycle
One of the most noteworthy characteristics of American elections is the low turnout of young people. Hypotheses purporting to explain this phenomenon focus on life-cycle transitions that defineExpand
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Voter Registration and Turnout in the United States
In a democracy, voting is the most fundamental act of political participation and therefore holds a central location in the study of political behavior. One significant research tradition focuses onExpand
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The Political Implications of Higher Turnout
Rich Americans, far more likely to vote than their poorer fellow citizens, also differ in how they vote and what policies they favour. These undisputed facts lead to the widespread belief ‘that ifExpand
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Revisiting the Relationship between Educational Attainment and Political Sophistication
  • B. Highton
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Politics
  • 1 October 2009
In politics, those who are politically sophisticated are advantaged in a variety of ways relative to those who are not. This paper analyzes the causes of political sophistication paying particularExpand
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Policy Polarization among Party Elites and the Significance of Political Awareness in the Mass Public
This article analyzes opinions about abortion, racial, and social welfare policies, comparing their determinants among citizens with different levels of political information over the past severalExpand
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Self-Reported versus Proxy-Reported Voter Turnout in the Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey (CPS) Voter Supplement is a premier source of data on turnout in the United States. A little- known aspect of the survey is that for a sizable proportion of people,Expand
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White Voters and African American Candidates for Congress
The vast majority of African American officeholders are elected from jurisdictions with sizable numbers of African Americans. The most common explanation for this phenomenon locates the cause amongExpand
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Beyond the Roll-Call Arena: The Determinants of Position Taking in Congress
Most analyses of position taking in Congress focus on roll-call voting, where members of Congress (MCs) regularly cast votes, thereby regularly taking positions. Left largely unstudied has beenExpand
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