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2007

Selected Works

David A. M. Peterson

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Full-Text Articles in Political Science

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 ...