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Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity Lilliana Mason, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2018, Pp. 192., David A. M. Peterson Sep 2019

Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity Lilliana Mason, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2018, Pp. 192., David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

Lilliana Mason's Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity is easily the best book on American politics I have read in years. I mean this in two important ways. First, the book tackles what may be the most pressing question in politics: Why has the American public become increasing polarized? The answer—that the increasing overlap between identities changes the way that citizens see themselves and others—provides a clear understanding of polarization. But this is not only an important book, it is a good book. Mason constructs a careful argument, grounded in social psychology, and each chapter in ...


Long Run Confidence: Estimating Confidence Intervals When Using Long Run Multipliers, Mark David Nieman, David A. M. Peterson Jun 2019

Long Run Confidence: Estimating Confidence Intervals When Using Long Run Multipliers, Mark David Nieman, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

The recent exchange on Error Correction Models in Political Analysis and elsewhere dealt with several important issues involved in time series analysis. While there was much disagreement in the symposium, one common theme was the lack of power due to the few number of observations for much of this work. In this paper we highlight two well known but rarely discussed problems this has for inferences from standard time series techniques. First, one result of low power is inflated standard errors. One issue low powered time series can face is that the confidence interval on a lagged dependent variable, even ...


Author Gender And Editorial Outcomes At Political Behavior, David A. M. Peterson Jun 2018

Author Gender And Editorial Outcomes At Political Behavior, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

Political science journals have, for good reason, faced increased scrutiny because of the potential for biases in the editorial process. The representation of women lags behind their distribution in the discipline. Given the importance of publication in hiring, tenure, and promotion, if there are biases in the editorial process, it is vital to the discipline that we determine where in the process these occur and do what is necessary to eliminate them. Political Behavior uses a double-blind review process. When manuscripts are submitted, the editor determines their fit for the journal in terms of both substance and quality to decide ...


Introduction: Personality, Party Leaders, And Election Campaigns, Amanda Bittner, David A. M. Peterson May 2018

Introduction: Personality, Party Leaders, And Election Campaigns, Amanda Bittner, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

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Identifying Policy Agenda Sub-Topics In Political Tweets Based On Community Detection, Rohit Iyer, Johnny S. Wong, Wallapak Tavanapong, David A. M. Peterson May 2018

Identifying Policy Agenda Sub-Topics In Political Tweets Based On Community Detection, Rohit Iyer, Johnny S. Wong, Wallapak Tavanapong, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

The explosive use of twitter in the political landscape presents new avenues for tracking political conversations at federal and state level. Tweets are used by state and federal government bodies to present citizens with information about future and present policies. It is also used by political candidates to express their views on policy changes, laws and to campaign for legislative body elections, the most recent example being the 2016 US presidential elections. In this paper, we use supervised learning, textual semantic similarity and community detection techniques to find actively discussed policy agenda sub-topics among political tweets within a certain time ...


Social Media In State Politics: Mining Policy Agendas Topics, Lei Qi, Rihui Li, Johnny S. Wong, Wallapak Tavanapong, David A. M. Peterson May 2018

Social Media In State Politics: Mining Policy Agendas Topics, Lei Qi, Rihui Li, Johnny S. Wong, Wallapak Tavanapong, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

Twitter is a popular online microblogging service that has become widely used by politicians to communicate with their constituents.Gaining understanding of the influence of Twitter in state politics in the United States cannot be achieved without proper computational tools. We present the first attempt to automatically classify tweets of state legislatures (policy makers at the state level) into major policy agenda topics defined by Policy Agendas Project (PAP), which was initiated to group national policies.


Aww, Shucky Ducky: Voter Response To Accusations Of Herman Cain’S “Inappropriate Behavior”, David A. M. Peterson, Beth Miller Vonnahme Apr 2014

Aww, Shucky Ducky: Voter Response To Accusations Of Herman Cain’S “Inappropriate Behavior”, David A. M. Peterson, Beth Miller Vonnahme

David A. M. Peterson

In a Fox News Poll from October 23 to 25, Herman Cain’s 24% led all candidates for the GOP nomination. On October 30, 2011, Politico reported that two women accused Cain of sexual harassment and misconduct. Two additional women came forward to accuse Cain of sexual harassment.4 In late November, a fifth woman alleged that she had a 13-year affair with Cain. Although Cain denied the allegations and the affair, he suspended his campaign on December 3 as a result of these “character assassinations.”6 This rapid deterioration of Cain’s presidential trajectory illustrates that the public seems ...


Electoral Mandates In American Politics, Lawrence J. Grossback, David A. M. Peterson, James A. Stimson Sep 2007

Electoral Mandates In American Politics, Lawrence J. Grossback, David A. M. Peterson, James A. Stimson

David A. M. Peterson

Political science has not come to terms with the idea of electoral mandates. The discipline's view is a hodgepodge of competing claims. In this article we review the empirical issues about mandates asking whether or not mandates occur and with what effect. We observe evidence of mandates as social constructions, as dialogues in the Washington community and in the press which serves it.We find that these dialogues accurately reflect election results – consensus emerges from actual sweeping election victories and not from mere strategic attempts to claim policy mandates. We find that Congress is highly responsive to the consensus ...


A Single Time In A Single Place, Lawrence J. Grossback, David A. M. Peterson, James A. Stimson Dec 2006

A Single Time In A Single Place, Lawrence J. Grossback, David A. M. Peterson, James A. Stimson

David A. M. Peterson

On the morning of November 5, 1964, Arthur Krock of the New York
Times posed a problem for newly elected President Lyndon Johnson.
How would he answer the "great question created by the most emphatic
vote of preference ever given to a national candidate: How will
he use the mandate to lead and govern that has been so overwhelmingly
tendered by the American people?" (1964, p. 44). Krock's words capture
the reaction of many to the landslide that had brought victory to
more than Johnson. In the upcoming Congress, the Democrats would
hold a two to one margin in ...


Theoretical And Empirical Implications Of Attitude Strength, Joanne M. Miller, David A. M. Peterson Jul 2004

Theoretical And Empirical Implications Of Attitude Strength, Joanne M. Miller, David A. M. Peterson

David A. M. Peterson

Attitude strength is defined as the extent to which an attitude is stable, resistant to change, impacts information processing, and guides behavior. Several concepts, such as accessibility, ambivalence, and importance relate to the broader concept of strength. For many years, both social psychology and political science ignored the differences across these various concepts, though in different ways. Social psychologists treated them as interchangeable, as indicators of the same latent concept. Political scientists treated them in isolation, focusing on one type of strength and ignoring the other, possibly relevant types. Recent research in both fields, however, challenges these approaches. Indicators of ...


Introduction To "Religious Institutions And Minor Parties In The United States", Christopher P. Gilbert, David A. M. Peterson, Timothy R. Johnson, Paul Djupe Dec 1998

Introduction To "Religious Institutions And Minor Parties In The United States", Christopher P. Gilbert, David A. M. Peterson, Timothy R. Johnson, Paul Djupe

David A. M. Peterson

In the elections of November 1996 and November 1997, the residents of St. Peter, Minnesota, had the opportunity to consider two political newcomers. These candidates-Ruth Johnson and Dan Stratton-had much in common beyond the fact that neither had run previously for elected office. Both candidates had a strong and long-standing interest in politics and public affairs. Both sought prestige positions-Johnson wanted the vacant state legislative seat, while Stratton challenged for mayor of St. Peter. Both were relatively unknown to the general public. Finally, both candidates had connections to the local liberal arts college; Johnson was an alumnus serving in administration ...