The Role of Party Activists in the Evolution of the Abortion Issue

  title={The Role of Party Activists in the Evolution of the Abortion Issue},
  author={E. Carmines and James A. Woods},
  journal={Political Behavior},
This article examines the role of party activists in the partisan evolution of the abortion issue. Previous research indicates that party elites—specifically members of Congress—and partisans in the mass public have become more differentiated in their abortion attitudes during the last several decades with Democrats becoming more pro-choice and Republicans becoming increasingly pro-life. The missing piece of the picture is the behavior of party activists. Accordingly, this research examines the… Expand
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