Ideological Moderates Won’t Run: How Party Fit Matters for Partisan Polarization in Congress

  title={Ideological Moderates Won’t Run: How Party Fit Matters for Partisan Polarization in Congress},
  author={Danielle M. Thomsen},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={786 - 797}
Scholars have focused on elite-level and mass-level changes to explain partisan polarization in Congress. This article offers a candidate entry explanation for the persistence of polarization and the rise in asymmetric polarization. The central claim is that ideological conformity with the party—what I call party fit—influences the decision to run for office, and I suggest that partisan polarization in Congress has discouraged ideological moderates in the pipeline from pursuing a congressional… Expand
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