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Setting the Alcohol-control Agenda: Popular Attitudes and Legislative Responses Toward Alcohol Control and Prohibition in the United States, 1890-1950 (ICPSR 20903) RSS

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Summary:

These datasets were constructed to discern whether the dramatic policy punctuations associated with the Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments to the United States Constitution, which instituted and repealed, respectively, the policy of alcohol prohibition, could best be accounted for through the use of punctuated equilibrium theory. To that end, two datasets were constructed. The first attempts to gauge public attitudes toward alcohol control and prohibition, as well as its place on the public agenda, through a coding of all entries related to alcohol control and prohibition in the READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE, from 1890 through 1950, using a simplified version of the general coding protocols of the Policy Agendas Project (PAP). The second dataset seeks to gauge legislative activity and the issues placed on the legislative agenda through a similar coding of the hearings sections in the Congressional Information Service's CIS ANNUAL: ABSTRACTS OF CONGRESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE HISTORY CITATIONS for the same time period.

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Dataset(s)

DS1:  Alcohol Control in READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE, 1890-1950 - Download All Files (8,368 KB)
DS2:  Congressional Hearings on Prohibition and Alcohol Control, 1890-1950 - Download All Files (1,192 KB)

Study Description

Citation

Schrad, Mark Lawrence. Setting the Alcohol-control Agenda: Popular Attitudes and Legislative Responses Toward Alcohol Control and Prohibition in the United States, 1890-1950. ICPSR20903-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-02-06. doi:10.3886/ICPSR20903.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   alcohol, congressional committees, congressional hearings, constitutional amendments, historical data, legislation, legislative issues, liquor control laws, political attitudes, Prohibition Era, public opinion, public policy, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1890-01-01--1950-12-31

Date of Collection:  

  • 2005-12-01--2005-12-12
  • 2005-12-12--2005-12-19

Unit of Observation:   Entry in the READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE, Congressional hearing

Universe:   Articles referring to alcohol control or prohibition in the READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE, 1890-1950.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The "Congressional Cmte Hearings" worksheet was deleted from the READER'S GUIDE file (dataset 1) per PI instruction.

Variable and value labels were edited or added for both parts to match study documentation.

ID# was renamed to make it valid in SAS in both parts.

System limitations prevented the inclusion of PersistantURL in Part 1. The data is included as an appendix to the codebook.

System limitations required truncating the variables Subjects and Historical Subjects to 200 characters. Data not included in the files are included as an appendix in the codebook.

Years added to cases in HearingDates in dataset 2 were added for consistency and clarity.

The unlabeled cases in JournalName and ISSN were blank for those variables in the original dataset.

Variable label names longer than 16 characters were shortened to 16 characters by the system. Those affected were HistoricalSubjects and ItercoderReliability in dataset 1 and CommitteeHearingSubject and RegulationIncreaseorDecrease in dataset 2. See codebook for full variable labels.

Methodology

Data Source:

Listings in the READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE from 1890 through 1950.

Listings in the Congressional Information Service's CIS ANNUAL: ABSTRACTS OF CONGRESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND LEGISLATIVE HISTORY CITATIONS, from 1890 through 1950.

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