ORI GIN AL PA PER Clearer Cues, More Consistent Voters: A Benefit of Elite Polarization

  • Matthew S. Levendusky
  • Published 2009


Scholars typically argue that elite polarization has only negative consequences for American politics. I challenge this view by demonstrating that elite polarization, by clarifying where the parties stand on the issues of the day, causes ordinary voters to adopt more consistent attitudes. Scholars have made such claims in the past, but because only… (More)


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