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A Primary Cause of Partisanship? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology


Eric McGhee


Public Policy Institute of California

Seth E. Masket


University of Denver

Boris Shor


Georgetown University, Department of Government

Steven Rogers


Princeton University - Department of Politics

Nolan McCarty


Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

May 1, 2013

American Journal of Political Science, v58, n2, April 2014, pp. 337-351

Abstract:     
Many theoretical and empirical accounts of representation argue that primary elections are a polarizing influence. Likewise, many reformers advocate opening party nominations to non-members as a way of increasing the number of moderate elected officials. Data and measurement constraints, however, have limited the range of empirical tests of this argument. We marry a unique new data set of state legislator ideal points to a detailed accounting of primary systems in the United States to gauge the effect of primary systems on polarization. We find that the openness of a primary election has little, if any, effect on the extremity of the politicians it produces.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: State legislatures, polarization, primaries, American politics, partisanship

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Date posted: September 9, 2010 ; Last revised: July 9, 2014

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McGhee, Eric and Masket, Seth E. and Shor, Boris and Rogers, Steven and McCarty, Nolan, A Primary Cause of Partisanship? Nomination Systems and Legislator Ideology (May 1, 2013). American Journal of Political Science, v58, n2, April 2014, pp. 337-351. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1674091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1674091

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Boris Shor
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Steven Rogers
Princeton University - Department of Politics ( email )
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Nolan McCarty
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )
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