Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States

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Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Political Science - 269 pages
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The importance of public opinion in the determination of public policy is the subject of considerable debate. Professors Erikson, Wright, and McIver make the argument that state policies are highly responsive to public opinion, and they show how the institutions of state politics work to achieve this high level of responsiveness. They analyze state policies from the 1930s to the present, drawing from and contributing to major lines of research on American politics. Their conclusions are applied to central questions of democratic theory, and affirm the robust character of state institutions.
  

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Robert S. Erikson is professor of political science at Columbia University and the author or coauthor of several books, including "The Macro Polity.

JOHN P. MCIVER (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1985) returned to the University of Colorado in 1996 after two years as Director of the Political Science Program of the National Science Foundation. McIver taught at the University of Houston prior to joining the University of Colorado faculty in 1987. McIver's research spans a number of areas from statistics and research methodology to public opinion with a major emphasis on the justice system. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, Political Methodology as well as in numerous other journals and books. He is the author of Uni-dimensional Scaling (with Edward G. Carmines) and Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion, Politics, and Policy in the American States with Gerald Wright and Robert Erikson. He is editor of a special issue of the Justice System Journal on court-annexed arbitration programs nationwide.

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