The 1994 Mid-Term elections, the " Republican Revolution" that returned control of both Houses of Congress to the Republicans for the first time in over 40 years, returned us to the state of " divided government" that has been the political norm since the 1950s. In this timely new revision of his instant classic, Morris Fiorina outlines the causes and consequences of " ticket-splitting" and divided government.
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Understanding National Divided Government
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1988 elections 1994 elections American Political Science analysis argument balancing model Bill Clinton budget Bush candidates Chapter Clinton coalition government Congress Congressional Quarterly contemporary critics of divided David Mayhew decline in unified deficits districts divided control divided gov divided government divided national government Downsian Economic electoral ernment executive explanations of divided Fiorina Gary King Gerrymandering gridlock gubernatorial ideological increase incumbency institutions issues Jacobson Journal of Political less majority Mayhew median ment mid-term minority party multi-party systems national elections Nixon North Dakota outcomes partisan partisanship party control pattern percent period policy-making Political Science Political Science Review position presidential Reagan recent reflect reform Republican governor Republican president responsibility significant split control split legislatures split their tickets split-ticket voting subgovernments suggest Sundquist Table terms limitation ticket-splitting tion two-party systems unified control unified Democratic unified government unified Republican unified state government victory voters Washington