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More party competitive states have more polarized legislatures

Hinchliffe, Kelsey and Lee, Frances (2016) More party competitive states have more polarized legislatures. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Nov 2016). Website.

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Despite America’s traditional model of bipartisan cooperation, the US is more politically polarized than ever before. In areas of close party competition, we might expect Democrats and Republicans to search for areas of agreement to work collectively on, given that neither has an outstanding mandate. As Kelsey Hinchliffe and Frances Lee find, however, the opposite is true – borne out of the threat of close elections, party polarization is greater in more electorally competitive states, and this results in less bipartisanship than we might expect.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:27

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