Representational Inequality in the U.S. States

31 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 25 Aug 2011

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Martin Gilens

Princeton University - Department of Political Science

Justin Phillips

Columbia University - Department of Political Science

Jeffrey R. Lax

Columbia University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This project uses multilevel modeling techniques to estimate state-level policy preferences for more and less affluent Americans. We then relate these preferences to actual state policy to assess the responsiveness of state policymakers to public preferences and the extent to which that responsiveness differs for the poor, the middle-class and the affluent. Finally, we examine the influence on representation and representational inequality of state-level characteristics like economic inequality, party competition, partisan polarization, campaign finance regulations, interest group environment, term limits, and legislative professionalization. This paper details our analytic strategy and presents some preliminary results based on the first 12 policy issues we have examined.

Keywords: inequality

Suggested Citation

Gilens, Martin and Phillips, Justin and Lax, Jeffrey R., Representational Inequality in the U.S. States (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1901197

Martin Gilens (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Justin Phillips

Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Jeffrey R. Lax

Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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