Doubling Down: Inequality in Responsiveness and the Policy Preferences of Elected Officials

  title={Doubling Down: Inequality in Responsiveness and the Policy Preferences of Elected Officials},
  author={Matthew S. Mendez and Christian R. Grose},
  journal={Political Behavior: Cognition},
  • M. Mendez, C. Grose
  • Published 10 January 2018
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Political Behavior: Cognition
Is bias in responsiveness to constituents conditional on the policy preferences of elected officials? The scholarly conventional wisdom is that constituency groups who do not receive policy representation still obtain some level of responsiveness by legislators outside of the policy realm. In contrast, we present a theory of preference-induced responsiveness bias where constituency responsiveness by legislators is associated with legislator policy preferences. Elected officials who favor laws… 

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