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Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches
The idea of America as politically polarized—that there is an unbridgeable divide between right and left, red and blue states—has become a cliche. What commentators miss, however, is that increasingExpand
Why Hasn't Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?
During the past two generations, democratic forms have coexisted with massive increases in economic inequality in the United States and many other advanced democracies. Moreover, these newExpand
The Ideological Mapping of American Legislatures
The development and elaboration of the spatial theory of voting has contributed greatly to the study of legislative decision making and elections. Statistical models that estimate the spatialExpand
Presidential Pork: Executive Veto Power and Distributive Politics
  • N. McCarty
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 March 2000
It is often argued that executive powers such as the veto serve to reduce particularistic spending by the legislature. I argue that the effect of the executive veto depends strongly on assumptionsExpand
Income redistribution and the realignment of American politics
What kinds of considerations have historically had an important influence on congressional voting patterns? This analysis demonstrates that income redistribution implications have had a strong andExpand
Bureaucratic Capacity, Delegation, and Political Reform
We analyze a model of delegation and policymaking in polities where bureaucratic capacity is low. Our analysis suggests that low bureaucratic capacity diminishes incentives for bureaucrats to complyExpand
Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization
Both pundits and scholars have blamed increasing levels of partisan conflict and polarization in Congress on the effects of partisan gerrymandering. We assess whether there is a strong causalExpand
A Primary Cause of Partisanship? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology
Many theoretical and empirical accounts of representation argue that primary elections are a polarizing influence. Likewise, many reformers advocate opening party nominations to nonmembers as a wayExpand
Advice and Consent: Senate Responses to Executive Branch Nominations 1885- 1996
The fact that presidential nominations to executive branch positions are routinely approved by the Senate obscures great variance in the length of time that the confirmation process requires.Expand
Proposal Rights, Veto Rights, and Political Bargaining
Formal models of political bargaining generally emphasize the importance of the allocation of prerogatives such as proposal and veto rights among the bargainers. However, despite the importance ofExpand