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1997

Department of Political Science Publications

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Uncontested Seats And Electoral Competition For The U.S. House Of Representatives Over Time, J. Mark Wrighton, Peverill Squire May 1997

Uncontested Seats And Electoral Competition For The U.S. House Of Representatives Over Time, J. Mark Wrighton, Peverill Squire

Department of Political Science Publications

We examine how changes in the incidence of uncontested seats for the US House of Representatives over time reflect responses to partisan change, changes in electoral rules, and long-term secular changes in the American political system We use a multiple interrupted times series model to test the relationship between the number of uncontested House seats from 1912 to 1994 and the 1932 realignment, midterm elections, the rise of the Republican South, redistricting, the abolition of crossfiling laws in California, and the pronounced rise of the incumbency advantage since 1966 We test models explaining the number of uncontested House seats occupied ...


Conceptions Of Democracy Among Mass And Elite In Post-Soviet Societies, Arthur H. Miller, Vicki L. Hesli Apr 1997

Conceptions Of Democracy Among Mass And Elite In Post-Soviet Societies, Arthur H. Miller, Vicki L. Hesli

Department of Political Science Publications

What do citizens and political leaders have in mind when they think about democracy? This article deals with the relationship between different conceptions of democracy and the level of support for democracy among both ordinary citizens and political elites in two post-Soviet countries, Russia and Ukraine. Data collected through personal interviews in 1992 and 1995 reveal that the mass and elite in these post-socialist countries hold different conceptions of democracy. The elite tend to emphasize law and order and the rule of law, whereas the citizens stress freedoms in their understanding of democracy. Involvement in politics, especially in a political ...