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Is Clarity of Responsibility Important for Economic Voting? Revisiting Powell and Whitten's Hypothesis (ICPSR 1206) RSS

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Summary:

The objective was to retest Powell and Whitten's 1993 hypothesis that the relationship between aggregate economic indicators and aggregate election outcomes is stronger in political contexts when there is greater clarity of responsibility. The data include alternative indicators of the variables discussed by Powell and Whitten, and more recent election results that were not contained in the original dataset. The purpose of this article was to evaluate the robustness of Powell and Whitten's initial findings. The data allow for a near-replication of their work, as well as a retesting of their basic model using different specifications, economic indicators, and vote variables. The impact of aggregate economic indicators on vote percentages for governing parties and the impact of political context (e.g., one-party vs. multi-party government) on government accountability for economic performance are examined.

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Royed, Terry J., Stephen A. Borrelli, and Keven M. Leyden. Is Clarity of Responsibility Important for Economic Voting? Revisiting Powell and Whitten's Hypothesis. ICPSR01206-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000-08-28. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01206.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   economic indicators, elections, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The files are cdebk.wp (codebook in WordPerfect 5.1 format), cdebk.txt (codebook in ASCII text format), royleybo.wp (text of the article in WordPerfect 5.1), royleybo.txt (ASCII text version of the article), and royleytb.wp (tables in WordPerfect 5.1). The additional datasets, pwall and updtall, are provided in both Lotus 1-2-3 (*.wks) and SPSS portable file (*.por) formats. Also included is an SPSS file, freqs.spo. (2) 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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  • 2000-08-28 The data and codebook have been revised by the authors to correct errors in the original.

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