Publications

2011
Raja RLJ. Does Transparency of Political Activity Have a Chilling Effect on Participation?, in MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago: Midwest Political Science Association; 2011. Full Text
Barakso M. The Political Consequences of Internal Dissent in Advocacy Groups: The AMA, Public Opinion and Health Care Reform, in MPSA Annual Conference. Chicago: Midwest Political Science Association; 2011. Full Text
Schaffner B. Racial Salience and the Obama Vote. Political Psychology [Internet]. 2011;32(6):963-988. Website Full Text
Eckles DL, Schaffner B. Risk Tolerance and Support for Potential Military Interventions. Public Opinion Quarterly [Internet]. 2011;75(3):533-544. Website Full Text
Raja RLJ, Schaffner B. Explaining the Unpopularity of Public Funding for Congressional Elections. Electoral Studies [Internet]. 2011;30(3):525–533. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This article uses data from the 2008 Cooperative Congressional Election Study to explain weak support for public financing of congressional campaigns. Previous studies lack theory to explain variation in support and use a flawed measure of the dependent variable. We argue that low support reflects a failure resulting from a collective action dilemma. Citizens desire a campaign finance system that weans politicians from private donors, but are unwilling to pay a small amount in taxes to support public financing. In contrast to conventional wisdom, we show that support for public financing is highest among those perceived to benefit the most from the current system. Our results suggest that most Americans would rather not pay for politics, and that reform proposals must avoid incurring transparent costs on individual citizens to pay for reform.
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McDonald I. Migration and Sorting in the American Electorate: Evidence from the 2006 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. American Politics Research. 2011;39(3):512-33.
Fridkin K, Kenney P. Variability in Citizens' Reactions to Different Types of Negative Campaigns. American Journal of Political Science. 2011;55(2):307-25.
Jacoby WJ. Measuring Value Choices: Are Rank Orders Valid Indicators?, in Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago; 2011. Full Text
Obama's Battle with Lobbyists
Thurber J. Obama's Battle with Lobbyists. In Thurber J Obama in Office Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press; 2011. pp. 127-42. Publisher's Version Full Text
Ansolabehere S, Schaffner B. Re-Examining the Validity of Different Survey Modes for Measuring Public Opinion in the U.S.: Findings From a 2010 Multi-Mode Comparison. 2011.Abstract
In this paper, we present data from a three-mode study carried out in 2010. National surveys were fielded at the same time over the Internet (using an opt-in Internet panel), by telephone with live interviews (using a national RDD sample of landlines and cell phones), and by mail (using a national sample of residential addresses). Each survey utilized a nearly identical questionnaire soliciting information across a range of political and social indicators, many of which can be validated with government data. Comparing the findings from the modes to each other and the validated benchmarks, we demonstrate that a carefully executed opt-in Internet panel produces estimates that are as accurate as a telephone survey and that the two modes differ little in their estimates of other political indicators and their correlates.
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Thurber J. The Contemporary Presidency: Changing the Way Washington Works? Assessing President Obama’s Battle with Lobbyists. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2011;41(2):358-374. Full Text
Konisky DM. Public Preferences for Environmental Policy Responsibility. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 2011;41(1):76-100. Full Text
Fridkin K, Kenney P. The Role of Candidate Traits in U.S. Senate Campaigns. Journal of Politics. 2011;73(1):61-73.
Schneider SK, Jacoby WJ, Lewis DC. Public Opinion Toward Intergovernmental Policy Responsibilities. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 2011;41(1):1-30.
Zigerell LJ, Barker DC. Safe, Legal, Rare..and Early: Gender and the Politics of Abortion. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. 2011;21(1):83-96.
Adams J, Merrill S, Simas EN, Stone WJ. When Candidates Value Good Character: A Spatial Model with Applications to Congressional Elections. Journal of Politics. 2011;73(1):17-30.
Campbell DE, Green JC, Layman GC. The Party Faithful: Partisan Images, Candidate Religion, and the Electoral Impact of Party Identification. American Journal of Political Science. 2011;55(1):42-58.
2010
Petrow G, Hebrink J. Barack Obama and the 2008 Presidential Election: Appling the Minimal Racial Cue Model to a Maximal Racial Cue Situation, in Annual Conference. Chicago: MPSA; 2010. mpsaapril2010.pdf
Jacobson G. Barack Obama and the American Public: The First 18 Months, in 2010 Annual Meeting. Washington D. C.: American Political Science Association; 2010.
Jacobson G. Barack Obama and the American Public: From Candidate to President, in Conference on “Obama Governing". London: Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster; 2010.