Polarization without Parties

  title={Polarization without Parties},
  author={Seth Masket and Boris Shor},
  journal={State Politics \& Policy Quarterly},
  pages={67 - 90}
  • S. Masket, B. Shor
  • Published 29 December 2014
  • Political Science
  • State Politics & Policy Quarterly
Despite a long history of nonpartisanship, the Nebraska state legislature has polarized rapidly within the past decade. Using interviews and campaign finance records, we examine politics in the modern Unicam to investigate nonpartisan polarization. We find that newly instituted term limits created opportunities for the state’s political parties to recruit and finance candidates in an increasingly partisan fashion. Social network analysis suggests that there is a growing level of structure to… 
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