PARTY IDENTIFICATION AND PUBLIC SPENDING PRIORITIES IN THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE

DAVID LOWERY, LEE SIGELMAN

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Abstract

Abstract. In a study published in 1980, Alan Lewis found that members of the British mass public tend to have clearly defined preferences on spending in specific policy areas and that these preferences are closely related to party identification. This paper examines Lewis's conclusion in the American setting. Data on eleven spending policies from the 1973 and 1980 General Social Survey are examined via factor analysis and multiple classification analysis. While some change is observed between 1973 and 1980, the preferences of the American public on public expenditures appear to be quite stable and, contrary to Lewis's findings these preferences are unrelated to party identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-235
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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