Ideology, Partisanship and Decision-Making in a Contemporary American Legislature

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dc.contributor.author Scully, Roger
dc.contributor.author Patterson, Samuel C.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-15T13:57:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-15T13:57:41Z
dc.date.issued 2001-04
dc.identifier.citation Scully , R & Patterson , S C 2001 , ' Ideology, Partisanship and Decision-Making in a Contemporary American Legislature ' Party Politics , vol 7 , no. 2 , pp. 131-155 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1460-3683
dc.identifier.other PURE: 98269
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1833
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1833
dc.identifier.uri http://ppq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/7/2/131 en
dc.description Scully, R., Patterson, S. C. (2001) Ideology, Partisanship and Decision-Making in a Contemporary American Legislature. Party Politics 7, 2, 131-155 en
dc.description.abstract Despite widespread agreement that American politics in the 1980s and 1990s has become more ideological, with more deeply entrenched partisan divisions, studies of legislative decision-making within the American context have generally continued to downplay the role of ideology and partisan attitudes in explaining the behaviour of politicians. Why? We argue that this situation is explained by a combination of instrumentalist conceptions of behaviour that neglect attitudinal motivations, and methodological problems following from the scarcity of data which measure ideology and partisanship separately from the behaviour they putatively explain. To address these problems, we employ original data on a state legislature to allow us more direct insight into such matters. Independent measures of ideology and partisan attitudes are found, as expected, to have a strong empirical association, but nonetheless also to have identifiable and separate impacts on the voting decisions of legislators. Our findings underscore both the importance of ideology and partisan attitudes to an understanding of legislative decision-making and the value of developing independent measures of these concepts wherever possible. en
dc.format.extent 25 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Party Politics en
dc.subject ideology en
dc.subject legislative behaviour en
dc.subject Ohio state legislature en
dc.subject partisan attitudes en
dc.title Ideology, Partisanship and Decision-Making in a Contemporary American Legislature en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068801007002001
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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