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Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization


Barry C. Burden


University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bradley Jones


University of Wisconsin - Madison

Michael S. Kang


Emory University School of Law

2013

Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 39, 2014
Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-265

Abstract:     
To enhance explanations for party polarization in the U.S. Congress, we focus on an unappreciated legal structure known as the sore loser law. By restricting candidates who lose partisan primaries from subsequently appearing on the general election ballot as independents or nominees of other parties, these laws give greater control over ballot access to the party bases, thus producing more extreme major party nominees. Using several different measures of candidate and legislator ideology, we find that sore loser laws account for as much as a tenth of the ideological distance between the major parties.

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Date posted: November 15, 2013 ; Last revised: February 22, 2014

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Burden, Barry C. and Jones, Bradley and Kang, Michael S., Sore Loser Laws and Congressional Polarization (2013). Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 39, 2014; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-265. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2354168 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2354168

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Barry C. Burden (Contact Author)
University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )
716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States
Bradley Jones
University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )
1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Michael S. Kang
Emory University School of Law ( email )
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
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