Gerald C. Wright
Indiana University
Public economicsPublic policyPolarization (politics)Public opinionPolitical economySociologyIdeologyEconomicsPolitical scienceLawRepresentation (politics)State (polity)Public administrationVotingPolitics of the United StatesDemocracyEconomic historySocial psychologyComparative politicsLegislaturePolitics
85Publications
30H-index
3,898Citations
Publications 80
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#1Gerald C. WrightH-Index: 30
#2Elizabeth Rigby (GW: George Washington University)H-Index: 16
Recent studies of representation at the national and state levels have provided evidence that elected officials’ votes, political parties’ platforms, and enacted policy choices are more responsive ...
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#1Elizabeth RigbyH-Index: 16
#2Gerald C. WrightH-Index: 30
Last. Antoine YoshinakaH-Index: 13
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This chapter explores the policy consequences of polarization – asking whether we see different policy choices when parties are more (versus less) polarized. This analysis is motivated by recent research suggesting a constraining effect of partisan polarization on redistributive policy – and contradicting earlier expectations that greater benefits will accrue to the poor when parties are competitive and offer clear policy choices. To better understand these consequences, we capitalized on variat...
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#1Gerald C. WrightH-Index: 30
#2Nathaniel A. Birkhead (KSU: Kansas State University)H-Index: 6
Individual-level studies of partisan and ideological change find that individuals generally adjust their ideological preferences to match their partisan affiliation. In examining this process among the state electorates, we find that contrary to these studies, states have adjusted their partisanship to match their ideology. In addition, we use a measure of state elite ideology to show that state parties have a role in the character of the partisan sort of the states. These results are consistent...
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#2Gerald C. WrightH-Index: 30
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#1Elizabeth Rigby (GW: George Washington University)H-Index: 16
#2Gerald C. Wright (IU: Indiana University)H-Index: 30
Motivated by recent work suggesting that low-income citizens are virtually ignored in the American policymaking process, this article asks whether a similar bias shapes the policy positions adopted by political parties much earlier in the policymaking process. While the normative hope is that parties serve as linkage institutions enhancing representation of those with fewer resources to organize, the resource-dependent campaign environment in which parties operate provides incentives to appeal t...
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#1Seth E. Masket (DU: University of Denver)H-Index: 17
#2Jonathan Winburn (University of Mississippi)H-Index: 6
Last. Gerald C. Wright (IU: Indiana University)H-Index: 30
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Redistricting received substantial attention in the popular media in 2011, as states redrew state legislative and congressional district boundaries. Many reformers continue to argue for a de-politicization of the redistricting process, claiming that partisan redistricting is responsible for declining electoral competition and increasing legislative polarization. Our analysis of evidence from state legislatures during the last decade suggests that the effects of partisan redistricting on competit...
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#1Gerald C. Wright (IU: Indiana University)H-Index: 30
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