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.Read more
- Examines the origins and consequences of issue ownership for U.S. politics and policymaking
- Includes in-depth examples of how issue ownership affects policymaking by contemporary presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama
- Presents qualitative analyses and formal modeling with accessible figures
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- Date Published: October 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107617278
- length: 264 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus. 24 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Consensus issues: amidst polarization, shared goals
3. The measure and meaning of issue ownership
4. Ruling out the policy and performance hypotheses
5. Partisan priorities: the source of issue ownership
6. How issue ownership distorts American politics
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