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Partisan Priorities

By Patrick J. Egan

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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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> American Government

Partisan Priorities
How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 7/22/13
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1107425638
ISBN 13: 9781107425637
Print ISBN: 9781107042582

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