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Wright and Schaffner: The influence of party

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Wright and Schaffner. 2002. The influence of party: Evidence from the state legislatures. American Political Science Review 96: 367-390.

MAIN IDEA

Parties matter. It is partisan competition in the electorate that creates a low-dimensional (nearly unidimensional) ideological cleavage in the legislature. But "where the parties are not active in the legislature--Nebraska is our test case [compared to Kansas]--the clear structure found in partisan legislatures disappears" (377).

HYPOTHESES: PARTIES IN THE ELECTORATE

HYPOTHESIS: PARTIES IN THE LEGISLATURES

CRITICISMS

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Wright, Gerald (author)Schaffner, Brian (author)Political ScienceAmerican PoliticsPartiesLegislaturesSocial CleavagesCongressCartel TheoryPreferencesState Politics (U.S.)Legislative Parties

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