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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


University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

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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Eric McGhee (Contact Author)
Public Policy Institute of California ( email )
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Seth E. Masket
University of Denver ( email )
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Boris Shor
University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies ( email )
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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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