Issue Evolution: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Issue evolution refers to the process by which issues are introduced to the political realm and eventually become defined along partisan lines. The theory suggests that when a new issue enters the political realm, party elites takes sides, and ultimately, define the issue along partisan lines. Members of the general public observe the behavior of the party elites and choose their position accordingly based on partisan identification. It is believed that the process unfolds slowly and gradually. If this is true, issues that have been in the political arena for a long time should have very clear partisan lines while issues that have been around for a shorter period of time should have boundaries that are less clearly defined.

The goal of this exercise is to examine the process of issue evolution by comparing partisan boundaries across several issues. Crosstabulation and correlation coefficients will be used.

Analysis Type(s):
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research . Issue Evolution: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16.

Related Studies

This publication is related to the following dataset(s):

Access Notes

This resource is available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Because you are not logged in, we cannot verify that you will be able to access this resource.

Related Resources

  • Abramowitz, Alan I.. Issue evolution reconsidered: Racial attitudes and partisanship in the U.S. electorate
  • Adams, Greg D.. Abortion: Evidence of an Issue Evolution
  • Alm, James; Badgett, M.V. Lee; Whittington, Leslie A.. Wedding bell blues: The income tax consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Baumer, Eric P.; Messner, Steven F.; Rosenfeld, Richard. Explaining spatial variation in support for capital punishment: A multilevel analysis
  • Bolks, Sean M.; Evans, Diana; Pollard, J. L.; Wrinkle, Robert D.. Core Beliefs and Abortion Attitudes: A Look at Latinos
  • Carmines, Edward G.; Stimson, James A.. Issue evolution, population replacement, and normal partisan change
  • Cook, Kimberly J.. A passion to punish: Abortion opponents who favor the death penalty
  • Cox, Kevin. The spatial structuring of information flow and partisan attitudes
  • Ellison, Christopher G.; Echevarria, Samuel; Smith, Brad. Religion and abortion attitudes among U.S. Hispanics: Findings from the 1990 Latino National Political Survey
  • Evans, John H.. Polarization in abortion attitudes in U.S. religious traditions, 1972-1998
  • Gerber, Alan; Green, Donald P.. Rational learning and partisan attitudes
  • Jackson-Beeck, Marilyn; Meadow, Robert C.. Issue Evolution: Parameters in Presidential Debate and Public Perceptions
  • Longmire, Dennis R.. Americans' attitudes about the ultimate weapon: Capital punishment
  • Mouw, Ted; Sobel, Michael E.. Culture wars and opinion polarization: The case of abortion
  • Perl, Paul; McClintock, Jamie S.. The Catholic 'consistent life ethic' and attitudes toward capital punishment and welfare reform
  • Scott, Jacqueline. Generational changes in attitudes to abortion: A cross-national comparison
  • Strickler, Jennifer; Danigelis, Nicholas L.. Changing frameworks in attitudes toward abortion