Policy Polarization among Party Elites and the Significance of Political Awareness in the Mass Public

@article{Claassen2009PolicyPA,
  title={Policy Polarization among Party Elites and the Significance of Political Awareness in the Mass Public},
  author={Ryan L. Claassen and Benjamin Highton},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  year={2009},
  volume={62},
  pages={538 - 551}
}
This article analyzes opinions about abortion, racial, and social welfare policies, comparing their determinants among citizens with different levels of political information over the past several decades. Hypothesizing that growing elite partisan polarization may have exacerbated the political implications of differences in political awareness, the authors examine how increasing clarity of party—policy linkages among political elites influences party—policy linkages in the mass public. The… Expand

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