Party Polarization and the Rise of Partisan Voting in U.S. House Elections

  title={Party Polarization and the Rise of Partisan Voting in U.S. House Elections},
  author={Richard Born},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  pages={62 - 84}
  • R. Born
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Economics
  • American Politics Research
Most explanations for the increased effect of partisanship on voting for the U.S. House focus on the polarization of parties at the elite levels of politics. It remains unclear, however, just how the two phenomena are connected. In this study, we find that partisans near the extreme of their respective party's prevailing ideology have largely been responsible for the change in voting behavior, because it is these voters who have experienced the greatest increase in relative ideological… Expand

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