Field Experimental Work on Political Institutions

Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 17, 2014, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2013  

Christian R. Grose

University of Southern California

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Date Written: 2013

Abstract

A nascent but growing research area examines political institutions through the use of field experiments. I consider why field experimentation has been used infrequently when studying political institutions, and note that some research questions are not amenable to field experimentation. I review areas of research inquiry where field experimentation has enhanced scholarly knowledge about political institutions and representation. These areas include the study of (1) race, representation, and bias in legislatures and courts; and (2) policy responsiveness and legislative accountability. I synthesize this research by examining puzzles that emerge between the field experimental and observational work. I conclude with suggestions for promising research avenues, including the use of field experiments to study the bureaucracy. The discipline’s understanding of political institutions could be improved with a greater emphasis on field experimental work.

Keywords: field experiments, representation, accountability, legislatures, courts, bureaucracy

Suggested Citation

Grose, Christian R., Field Experimental Work on Political Institutions (2013). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 17, 2014, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2335222

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