Structural Foundations of Divided Government, 1952-2008: A Reconsideration

43 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 26 Aug 2010

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Richard Johnston

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Political Science

Byron Shafer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper shines a critical light on most standing claims about divided government. We do so partly by expanding the focus to all postwar elections, thereby capturing the arrival and departure of the central phenomenon, rather than just focusing on its characteristics while in place. No proposition on the field stands up to this simple longitudinal scrutiny, although some come closer to the mark than others. We conclude with a plea for basics, starting with a robust account of factors in play within each of the relevant electoral arenas. Only then might we have something to say about dynamic interplay between those arenas.

Keywords: Divided Government,Postwar US elections

Suggested Citation

Johnston, Richard and Shafer, Byron, Structural Foundations of Divided Government, 1952-2008: A Reconsideration (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1643875

Richard Johnston (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Byron Shafer

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