Partisan Priorities How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics

ISBN-10: 1107617278
ISBN-13: 9781107617278
Edition: N/A
Authors: Patrick J. Egan
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Description: Americans consistently name Republicans as the party better at handling issues like national security and crime, while they trust Democrats on issues like education and the environment - a phenomenon called "issue ownership." Partisan Priorities  More...

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List price: $40.95
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Americans consistently name Republicans as the party better at handling issues like national security and crime, while they trust Democrats on issues like education and the environment - a phenomenon called "issue ownership." Partisan Priorities investigates the origins of issue ownership, showing that in fact the parties deliver neither superior performance nor popular policies on the issues they "own." Rather, Patrick J. Egan finds that Republicans and Democrats simply prioritize their owned issues with lawmaking and government spending when they are in power. Since the parties tend to be particularly ideologically rigid on the issues they own, politicians actually tend to ignore citizens' preferences when crafting policy on these issues. Thus, issue ownership distorts the relationship between citizens' preferences and public policies.

Nathaniel Persily is Professor of Law & Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Jack Citrin is Professor of Political Science at UC-Berkeley. Patrick Egan is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UC-Berkeley.

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