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Nature of Party Governance, Connecting Conceptualization and Measurement (ICPSR 1133)

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Research on the policy consequences of partisan turnover in state policymaking institutions in the United States generally has found that parties have, at most, conditional effects. Yet many of these analyses have constructed the partisanship variable as if parties in state government were fully unified. This paper explores the results stemming from various measurement choices, namely measures implying complete unity and those derived from a conceptualization of parties as undisciplined. The analysis demonstrates that a strong relationship between the partisanship of state legislatures and policy outcomes emerges only when the indicators are based upon our substantive knowledge of parties in state government.

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Smith, Mark A. Nature of Party Governance, Connecting Conceptualization and Measurement. ICPSR01133-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999-01-20. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01133.v1

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Subject Terms:   policy making, political parties, partisanship, state government

Geographic Coverage:   United States

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The file submitted is smith97.zip, sent in binary format. This file is a pkzip file that contains 15 other files, including a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet file, a readme file, and 13 SPSS and RATS input and output files. These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

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