Quarterly Journal of Political Science

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Quarterly Journal of Political Science

Print ISSN: 1554-0626
Online ISSN: 1554-0634


Keith Krehbiel
Stanford University
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E-mail: krehbiel@qjps.com

Nolan McCarty
Princeton University
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E-mail: mccarty@qjps.com

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Volume 1, issue 2

Party and Incumbency Cues in Voting: Are They Substitutes?

A possible explanation for the rise of the incumbency advantage in U.S. elections asserts that party and incumbency are close informational substitutes. A common claim in the literature is that, as the salience of partisan cues decreased, voters attached themselves to the next available piece of inf...
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Whose Ear to Bend? Information Sources and Venue Choice in Policy-Making

Important conceptualizations of both interest groups and bureaucratic agencies suggest that these institutions provide legislatures with greater information for use in policy-making. Yet little is known about how these information sources interact in the policy process as a whole. In this paper we c...
Volume 1, issue 2

Satisficing and Selection in Electoral Competition

We model political parties as adaptive decision-makers who compete in a sequence of elections. The key assumptions are that winners satisfice (the winning party in period t keeps its platform in t + 1) while losers search. Under fairly mild assumptions about losers' search rules, we show that the se...
Volume 1, issue 2

What's the Matter with What's the Matter with Kansas?

Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas? asserts that the Republican Party has forged a new "dominant political coalition" by attracting working-class white voters on the basis of "class animus" and "cultural wedge issues like guns and abortion." My analysis confirms that white voters without c...