Representational Inequality in the U.S. States
31 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 25 Aug 2011
Date Written: 2011
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.
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