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Testing Spatial Models of Electoral Competition: The Influence of Voters and Elies on Candidate Issue Positioning
Legislative Studies Quarterly (2003)
  • John Frendreis, Loyola University Chicago
  • Alan R. Gitelson, Loyola University Chicago
  • Shannon Jenkins
  • Douglas D. Roscoe
Abstract

This research tests spatial models of electoral competition using survey data on state legislative candidates' policy positions and ideology in eight U.S. states. Our data support several hypotheses: 1) candidates' issue positions do not converge; 2) party elites have more extreme issue positions than candidates do; 3) candidate issue positioning is a function of party-elite issue positions and union involvement in the campaign as well as constituency characteristics; and 4) when candidates rely heavily on elite resources during their campaign, elites become more important in shaping candidate issue positions.

Keywords
  • state legislative elections,
  • candidate issue positions
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Publication Date
February, 2003
Citation Information
John Frendreis, Alan R. Gitelson, Shannon Jenkins and Douglas D. Roscoe. "Testing Spatial Models of Electoral Competition: The Influence of Voters and Elies on Candidate Issue Positioning" Legislative Studies Quarterly Vol. 28 Iss. 1 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shannon_jenkins/10/