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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 9, issue 3

Brokered Politics in Brazil: An Empirical Analysis

An emerging literature emphasizes the importance of vote brokers for electoral politics in the developing world. Yet in spite of the great interest in the topic, attempts to assess the impact of vote brokerage on election returns are exceedingly rare. This paper provides the first explicit assessmen...
Volume 9, issue 3

Institutional Design and the Attribution of Presidential Control: Insulating the President from Blame

A lack of direct electoral checks on government bureaucrats challenges norms of democratic accountability. One proposed solution is to increase the president's control over federal agencies. It is, however, an open question as to whether voters will attribute responsibility to the president even whe...
Volume 9, issue 3

Guarding the Guardians: Legislative Self-Policing and Electoral Corruption in Victorian Britain

We offer an institutional explanation for the dramatic decline in corrupt practices that characterizes British political development in the mass suffrage era. Parliamentary candidates who faced corruption charges were judged by tribunals of sitting MPs until 1868, when this responsibility was passed...
Volume 9, issue 3

Indigenous Origins of Colonial Institutions

What are the origins of colonial forced labor? While extensive research investigates the effects of colonial forced labor on contemporary political and economic development, little is known about the origins of colonial forced labor. Based on historical accounts, we offer a simple formal model that
Volume 9, issue 2

Group Identity and Symbolic Political Behavior

Political expression often revolves around ethnic, religious, or cultural group identities. I develop a game-theoretic model explaining how group identities interact with citizens' social environments to induce political behavior designed to express group identity. Citizens make political choices
Volume 9, issue 2

Political Capital: Corporate Connections and Stock Investments in the U.S. Congress, 2004-2008

Recent research suggests that, public perceptions notwithstanding, members of Congress are rather mediocre investors. Why do the consummate political insiders fail to profit as investors? We consider various explanations that pertain to members' political relationships to public firms. We show tha
Volume 9, issue 2

Ingroup Bias in Official Behavior: A National Field Experiment in China

Do ingroup biases distort the behavior of public officials? Recent studies detect large ethnic biases in elite political behavior, but their case selection leaves open the possibility that bias obtains under relatively narrow historical and institutional conditions. We clarify these scope conditio
Volume 9, issue 2

Self-Regulation in Private and Public Politics

This paper presents a theory of self-regulation by a firm or an industry acting collectively in the context of private and public politics. In private politics an activist identifies a social issue, makes a demand on the firm, and threatens a harmful campaign. The firm self-regulates to forestall
Volume 9, issue 1

Do Selection Rules Affect Leader Responsiveness? Evidence from Rural Uganda

Community organizations in developing countries often suffer from selfserving elites. This study examines whether the responsiveness and accountability of local leaders can be strengthened through the introduction of more inclusive and participatory leader selection rules. To address identification
Volume 9, issue 1

Designing Checks and Balances

Essential to the Madisonian conception of checks and balances is the division of policy-making authority among multiple actors such that each can veto proposed changes in policy. We use a mechanism design approach to analyze checks and balances institutions. We show that checks and balances institut...
Volume 9, issue 1

Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion

Does foreign aid extended by one country improve that country's image among populations of recipient countries? Using a multinational survey, we show that a United States aid program targeted to address HIV and AIDS substantially improves perceptions of the U.S. Our identification strategy for causa...
Volume 9, issue 1

The Consequences of Broader Media Choice: Evidence from the Expansion of Fox News

In recent decades, the diversity of Americans' news choices has expanded substantially. This paper examines whether access to an ideologically distinctive news source — the Fox News cable channel — influences vote intentions and whether any such effect is concentrated among those likely to agree wit...