Publications

2012
Nyhan B, McGhee E, Sides J, Masket S, Greene S. One Vote Out of Step? The Effects of Salient Roll Call Votes in the 2010 Election. American Politics Research. 2012;40 (5) :844–879.Abstract
We investigate the relationship between controversial roll call votes and support for Democratic incumbents in the 2010 midterm elections. Consistent with previous analyses, we find that supporters of health care reform paid a significant price at the polls. We go beyond these analyses by identifying a mechanism for this apparent effect: constituents perceived incumbents who supported health care reform as more ideologically distant (in this case, more liberal), which in turn was associated with lower support for those incumbents. Our analyses show that this perceived ideological difference mediates most of the apparent impact of support for health care reform on both individual-level vote choice and aggregate-level vote share. We conclude by simulating counterfactuals that suggest health care reform may have cost Democrats their House majority.
Lavine H, Johnston CD, Steenbergen MR. The Ambivalent Partisan: How critical loyalty promotes democracy. Oxford University Press; 2012.
Evans HK, Ulbig S. Social Butterflies and Politics: Exploring the Link between Sociability and Political Engagement, Online and Off. Journal of Information Technology & Politics [Internet]. 2012;9 (4) :402-414. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This article explores the relationship between individual-level sociability and political engagement. While some evidence exists that individual-level sociability may be related to political engagement and interest, little is known about the ways in which sociability affects participation in different forms of political activity, particularly newer forms of online political engagement. Using data from the 2009 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, we explore the ways in which individual-level sociability affects political engagement in a range of activities, including online political discussions. We find sociability levels affected some activities more than others. Sociability has no impact on more socially isolated political activities such as voter registration and voting, but greatly impacts engagement in political activities involving a higher degree of social interaction, such as attending a meeting where a member of Congress was present and discussing politics with others, both in person and online. These findings help explain longstanding questions about the factors that motivate participation in traditional political activities as well as newer online forms of political engagement.

Buttice MK, Stone WJ. Candidates Matter: Policy and Quality Differences in Congressional Elections. The Journal of Politics. 2012;74 (3) :870-887.
Arceneaux K, Nicholson S. Who Wants to Have a Tea Party? The Who, What, and Why of the Tea Party Movement. PS: Political Science and Politics. 2012;45 (4) :700-710.
Pedraza F, Krueger J. Missing Voices: War Attitudes among Military Service-Connected Civilians. Armed Forces and Society. 2012;38 (3) :391-412.
Barker D, Carman C. Political Representation in Red and Blue America: How Cultural Differences Shape Democratic Expectations and Outcomes. New York: Oxford University Press; 2012.
Jacobson G. The Electoral Origins of Polarized Politics: Evidence from the 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. American Behavioral Scientist. 2012;56 (12) :1612-1630.
Jacobson G. The Politics of Congressional Elections, 8th edition. New York: Longman; 2012.
Nicholson SP, Segura GM. Who's the Party of the People? Economic Populism and the U.S. Public's Beliefs about Political Parties. Political Behavior [Internet]. 2012;34 (2) :369-389. Website
Nicholson SP. Polarizing Cues. American Journal of Political Science. 2012;56 (1) :52-66.
Wright M, Citrin J, Wand J. Alternative Measures of American National Identity: Implications for the Civic-Ethnic Distinction. Political Psychology. 2012;33 (4) :469-482.
Brooks D, Murov M. Assessing Accountability in a Post-Citizens United Era: The Effects of Attack Ad Sponsorship by Unknown Independent Groups. American Politics Research. 2012;40 (3) :383.
Richardson LE, Konisky DM, Milyo J. Public Approval of U. S. State Legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 2012;37 (1) :99-116. Full Text
2011
Barker D, Bearce D. End Times Theology, The Shadow of the Future, and American Exceptionalism regarding Global Climate Change, in Annual Conference. New Orleans: Southern Political Science Association ; 2011.
Jacobson G. The President, the Tea Party, and the Voting Behavior in 2010: Insights From the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, in 2011 Annual Meeting. Seattle: American Political Science Association ; 2011.
Jacobson G. Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the 2010 Midterm Elections, in 2011 Annual Meeting. Chicago: Midwestern Political Science Association ; 2011.
Jacobson G. Polarization, Public Opinion and the Presidency: The Obama and Anti-Obama Coalitions. In: Rockman BA, Rudalevige A The Barack Obama Presidency: First Appraisals. Washington D. C. CQ Press ; 2011. pp. 94-121.
Jacobson G. Obama and the Polarized Public. In: Thurber J Obama in Office: the First Two Years. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers ; 2011. pp. 19-40.
Jacobson G. Legislative Success and Political Failure: The Public’s Reaction to Barack Obama’s Early Presidency. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2011;41 :219-42.

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