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13-04-2021 | Correction

Correction to: Economic Self-Interest and Americans’ Redistributive, Class, and Racial Attitudes: The Case of Economic Insecurity

A correction to this paper has been published: …

Cody R. Melcher

10-04-2021 | Original Paper

Political Candidacy and Sibling Sex Composition: Your Sister Will Not Make You Run For Office

Women are less likely than men to run as candidates in political elections. One reason for this is gendered upbringing, which depresses political ambition among women and strengthens such ambition among men. Furthermore, gendered upbringing can be …

Rasmus T. Pedersen, Jens Olav Dahlgaard

03-04-2021 | Original Paper Open Access

The Gender Backlash in the Vote for Brexit

Despite a relationship between gender and support for populist causes in cross-national research, including in the 2016 US Presidential election, the role of gender has been missing in analysis of support for Brexit, most likely because women and …

Jane Green, Rosalind Shorrocks

26-03-2021 | Original Paper

Macropartisanship in Multiparty Systems: A Comparative Study of Five Democracies

This study aims to propose a new macropartisanship indicator under a multiparty system. Previous macropartisanship studies have focused mainly on the US two-party system. To identify macropartisanship under a multiparty system, I propose an index …

Hanako Ohmura

24-03-2021 | Original Paper Open Access

Does Radical-Right Success Make the Political Debate More Negative? Evidence from Emotional Rhetoric in German State Parliaments

Political rhetoric has important effects on the quality of democracy, but we know very little about what causes variation in the tone of the political debate. We investigate how radical-right success affects the way the remaining politicians …

Vicente Valentim, Tobias Widmann

20-03-2021 | Original Paper

Young Citizens’ Civic Engagement and Civic Attitudes: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis

Although reaching the voting age and getting enrolled in the voters’ list is an essential first step in the electoral process, existing studies have rarely investigated its effects on citizens’ socio-political experiences and civic attitudes. To …

Yusaku Horiuchi, Hiroto Katsumata, Ethan Woodard

19-03-2021 | Original Paper

Is a Rational Politics of Disaster Possible? Making Useful Decisions for Others in an Experimental Disaster Game

Disaster responses are political. But can citizens make useful disaster decisions? Potential obstacles are that such decisions are complex, involve public goods, and often affect other people. Theories of political decision-making disagree on …

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, Reuben Kline

18-03-2021 | Original Paper

When are Explicit Racial Appeals Accepted? Examining the Role of Racial Status Threat

Evidence has emerged demonstrating that whites no longer reject negative, explicit racial appeals as they had in the past. This seeming reversal of the traditional logic of the powerlessness of explicit appeals raises the question: Why are …

Leah Christiani

18-03-2021 | Original Paper Open Access

The (Null) Effects of Happiness on Affective Polarization, Conspiracy Endorsement, and Deep Fake Recognition: Evidence from Five Survey Experiments in Three Countries

Affective polarization is a key concern in America and other democracies. Although past evidence suggests some ways to minimize it, there are no easily applicable interventions that have been found to work in the increasingly polarized climate.

Xudong Yu, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Seungsu Lee, Andreu Casas, Rachid Azrout, Tomasz Gackowski

16-03-2021 | Original Paper

Attacking the Weak or the Strong? An Experiment on the Targets of Parochial Altruism

Studies on parochial altruism have insofar focused on the causes leading individuals to attack any outgroup on the behalf of one’s group. Yet, we lack clues to understand why parochial altruists target specific groups, such as dominant groups in …

Simon Varaine, Ismaël Benslimane, Raul Magni-Berton, Paolo Crosetto

15-03-2021 | Original Paper

Congressional Approval and Responsible Party Government: The Role of Partisanship and Ideology in Citizen Assessments of the Contemporary U.S. Congress

While scholars posit an electoral link between congressional approval and majority party electoral fortunes, it is unclear whether citizens are grounding their assessments of approval on policy or valence grounds, such as retrospective economic …

Carlos Algara

10-03-2021 | Correction

Correction to: Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance

A correction to this paper has been published: …

Jacob M. Grumbach, Alexander Sahn, Sarah Staszak

07-03-2021 | Original Paper

Economic Self-Interest and Americans’ Redistributive, Class, and Racial Attitudes: The Case of Economic Insecurity

An influential body of research on American public opinion since the mid-1980s has found economic self-interest to be, at best, inconsistently and weakly related to social and political attitude formation. This article argues that this conclusion …

Cody R. Melcher

05-03-2021 | Original Paper

The Electoral Costs and Benefits of Feminism in Contemporary American Politics

Sexism and feminism are often seen as opposing belief systems on a single dimension in American politics. Gender scholars, however, have noticed that these forces are not equal and opposite. The 2016 election represents a critical case for …

Marzia Oceno, Nicholas A. Valentino, Carly Wayne

05-03-2021 | Original Paper

Temporal Selective Exposure: How Partisans Choose When to Follow Politics

It is widely theorized that echo chambers contribute to polarization, yet behavioral evidence of partisan selective exposure in the real world is surprisingly tenuous. Why do partisans have polarized perceptions even though they have relatively …

Jin Woo Kim, Eunji Kim

25-02-2021 | Original Paper

Testing the Participation Hypothesis: Evidence from Participatory Budgeting

This paper examines the impact of local participatory democracy initiatives on individual voter turnout in ordinary elections, using the example of participatory budgeting (PB). Such initiatives often aspire to create more activated citizens, but …

Carolina Johnson, H. Jacob Carlson, Sonya Reynolds

23-02-2021 | Original Paper

Promoting the Youth Vote: The Role of Informational Cues and Social Pressure

Young voters, including college students, turnout less than older citizens—particularly in non-presidential elections. We examine two promising intervention strategies in the 2018 midterm elections: information cues and social pressure.

Daniel E. Bergan, Dustin Carnahan, Nazita Lajevardi, Mel Medeiros, Sarah Reckhow, Kjerstin Thorson

22-02-2021 | Original Paper

Public Services, Geography, and Citizen Perceptions of Government in Latin America

One of the linchpins of democratic accountability runs through service quality. Because citizens are sensitive to the quality of basic services, they can translate (dis)satisfaction into assessments of incumbent politicians. Yet, although previous …

Gary Bland, Derick Brinkerhoff, Diego Romero, Anna Wetterberg, Erik Wibbels

18-02-2021 | Original Research

You’re Not From Here!: The Consequences of Urban and Rural Identities

As the American political landscape becomes increasingly divided along urban–rural lines, it raises the prospect of deepening social identities that are tied to one’s community-type. As community-type becomes an important social identity, it can …

Jeffrey Lyons, Stephen M. Utych

16-02-2021 | Original Paper

Partisan Alignment Increases Voter Turnout: Evidence from Redistricting

Partisan gerrymandering and polarization have created an electoral landscape where Americans increasingly reside in congressional districts dominated by one party. Are individuals more likely to vote when their partisanship aligns with the …

Bernard L. Fraga, Daniel J. Moskowitz, Benjamin Schneer