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Statehouse Democracy : Public Opinion and Policy in the American States - Robert S. Erikson

Statehouse Democracy

Public Opinion and Policy in the American States

Paperback Published: 13th June 1994
ISBN: 9780521424059
Number Of Pages: 284

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The importance of public opinion in the determination of public policy is the subject of considerable debate. Professors Erikson, Wright, and McIver make the argument that state policies are highly responsive to public opinion, and they show how the institutions of state politics work to achieve this high level of responsiveness. They analyze state policies from the 1930s to the present, drawing from and contributing to major lines of research on American politics. Their conclusions are applied to central questions of democratic theory, and affirm the robust character of state institutions.

"...thoughtfully written volume...They have marshaled an impressive mass of data to prove their hypothesis that at the state level 'public opinion is of major importance for the determination of state policy.'...This is a solid analysis of public opinion and public policies in the state. An excellent piece of research." Choice "...a work that anyone interested in differences across the states should read carefully...this book makes some very significant contributions to our study of state politics. The authors are to be commended for undertaking this project, for the range of data they have assembled, and for contributing to our understanding of state differences...this is one of the better written books to appear lately. The writing is clear, concise and communicates very well. Graphs are used well. It is a model of clarity of presentation and writing." Jeff Stonecash, American Political Science Review

Preface
Democratic states
Measuring state partisanship and ideology
Accounting for state differences in opinion
Public opinion and policy in the American states
State parties and state policy
Legislative elections and state policy
Political culture and policy representation
Partisanship, ideology and state elections
State opinion over time
Conclusions: democracy in the American states
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521424059
ISBN-10: 0521424054
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 13th June 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 16.87  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.43