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Information and elections
R. Michael Alvarez examines how voters make their decisions in presidential elections. He begins with the assumption that voters have neither the incentive nor the inclination to be well-informedExpand
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American Ambivalence Towards Abortion Policy: Development of a Heteroskedastic Probit Model of Competing Values
Theory: Using elaboration-likelihood models and insights from the recent core beliefs literature, we show that conflicting core beliefs lead to ambivalence about policy choices. Hypotheses: PolicyExpand
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The Race Gap in Student Achievement Scores: Longitudinal Evidence from a Racially Diverse School District
Black and Hispanic students often display substantial gaps in test scores when compared to White students at all levels of education. In this article, we examine when and how the Black-White andExpand
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Are Americans Ambivalent Towards Racial Policies
Few debates, political or academic, are as conflictual as those over racial policy. In this paper, we explore the possibility that individual attitudes are internally conflictual through the use ofExpand
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Hard Choices, Easy Answers: Values, Information, and American Public Opinion
List of Figures vii List of Tables xi Acknowledgments xiii Chapter 1: A Fickle Public? 1 PART 1 :THEORY AND METHODS 13 Chapter 2: Predispositions 15 Chapter 3: Why Does Political Information Matter?Expand
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GOVERNMENT PARTISANSHIP, LABOR ORGANIZATION, AND MACROECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
Governments of the Left and Right have distinct partisan economic policies and objectives that they would prefer to pursue. Their propensity to do so, however, is constrained by their desire forExpand
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Congressional committees and the political economy of federal outlays
The literature on the organization of the United States Congress has been dominated by “distributive” and “informational” theory. One important source of disagreement between these two theories isExpand
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Uncertainty and Political Perceptions
While the world of politics is uncertain, previous work, both theoretical and empirical, has largely failed to incorporate this uncertainty into the analysis of public opinion and electoral behavior.Expand
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Are Americans Confident Their Ballots Are Counted?
Building on the literature that investigates citizen and voter trust in government, we analyze the topic of voter confidence in the American electoral process. Our data comes from two nationalExpand
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Explaining the Gender Gap in U.S. Presidential Elections, 1980-1992
This article compares the voting behavior of women and men in presi dential elections since 1980. We test whether the different levels of salience which men and women attribute to different issues orExpand
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