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The study of political responsiveness encompasses a vast array of research questions. Below you'll find several of our main areas of research along with citations and links to our scholarly research.

Elections and Participation

Keele, Luke J., Rocio Titiunik and Jose Zubizarreta 2015. "Enhancing a Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design Through Matching to Estimate the Effect of Ballot Initiatives on Voter Turnout." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A 178(1): 223-239.

Driscoll, Amanda, and Michael Nelson. 2014. "Ignorance or Opposition?: Blank and Spoiled Votes in Low-Information, Highly Politicized -Environments." Political Research Quarterly 67(3): 547-561

Keele, Luke J. and William Minozzi. 2013. "How Much is Minnesota Like Wisconsin? Assumptions and Counterfactuals in Causal Inference with Observational Data." Political Analysis 21(2): 193-216.

Driscoll, Amanda, and Michael Nelson. 2013. "The Political Origins of Judicial Elections: Evidence from the United States and Bolivia." Judicature 96(4): 151-160

Nelson, Michael, Rachel Pain Caufield, and Andrew D. Martin. 2013. "OH, MI: On Empirical Examinations of Judicial Elections." State Politics & Policy Quarterly 13(4):495-511.

MacKuen, Michael, Jennifer Wolak, Luke Keele, and George Marcus. 2010. "Civic Engagements: Resolute Partisanship or Reflective Deliberation." American Journal of Political Science 54(2): 440-458.

Pacheco, Julie, and Eric Plutzer. 2008. "Political Participation and Cumulative Disadvantage: The Impact of Economic and Social Hardship on Young Citizens." Journal of Social Issues 64(3): 571-593

State and Local Politics

Berkman, Michael, and Eric Plutzer 2015. "Enablers of Doubt How Future Teachers Learn to Negotiate the Evolution Wars in Their Classrooms." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 658(1): 253-270.

Keele, Luke J., Neil Malhotra, and Colin McCubbins. 2013. "Do Term Limits Restrain State Fiscal Policy? Approaches for Causal Inference in Assessing the Effects of Legislative Institutions." Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(3): 291-

Berkman, Michael, and Eric Plutzer. 2011. "Local Autonomy vs. State Constraints: Balancing Evolution and Creationism in U.S. High Schools." Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41(4): 610-635

Nelson, Michael. 2011. "Uncontested and Unaccountable? Rates of Contestation in Trial Court Elections." Judicature 94(5):208-217
Berkman, Michael, and Eric Plutzer. 2010. "Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom" Science 331: 404-405.

Berkman, Michael, and Eric Plutzer. 2010. Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle for Control of America's Classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Gray, Virginia, David Lowery, James Monogan, and Erik Godwin. 2010. "Incrementing Toward Nowhere: Universal Health Care Coverage in the States." Publius: The Journal of Federalism40(1): 82-113

Monogan, James, Virginia Gray, and David Lowery. 2009. "Public Opinion, Organized Interests, and Policy Congruence in Initiative and Noninitiative U.S. States" State Politics & Policy Quarterly 9(3): 304-324

Media and Public Opinion

Major, Mark. 2015. "Conservative Consciousness and the Press: The Institutional Contribution to the Idea of the 'Liberal Media' in Right-Wing Discourse." Critical Sociology 41(3): 483-491

Major, Mark. 2014. The Unilateral Presidency and the News Media: The Politics of Framing Executive Power. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nelson, Michael. 2014. "Representative Justice? Public Opinion and the Criminal Justice System." Journal of Law and Courts 2(1): 117-152.
Ferguson, Grant, Paul Kellstedt, and Suzanna Linn. 2013. "How Does the Economy Shape Policy Preferences?" Electoral Studies 32(3):544-550.

Plutzer, Eric. 2013. "The Racial Gap in Confidence in Science Explanations and Implications." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 33(5-6): 146-157.

Major, Mark. 2012. "Objective but Not Impartial: Human Events, Barry Goldwater, and the Development of the 'Liberal Media' in the Conservative Counter-Sphere." New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture 34(4):\

Social Movements and Interest Group Mobilization

Hojnacki, Marie, Kathleen Marchetti, Frank Baumgartner, Jeffrey Berry, David Kimball, and Beth Leech. 2015. "Assessing Business Advantage in Washington Lobbying." Interest Groups and Advocacy .

Lowery, David, Virginia Gray, and John Cluverius. 2015. "Temporal Change in the Density of State Interest Communities, 1980-2007" State Politics & Policy Quarterly 15(2): 263-286

Baumgartner, Frank, Jeffrey Berry, Marie Hojnacki, David Kimball, and Beth Leech. 2014. "Money, Priorities, and Stalemate: How Lobbying Affects Public Policy." Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy 13(1): 194-209.

Hojnacki, Marie, David Kimball, Frank Baumgartner, Jeffrey Berry, and Beth Leech. 2012. "Studying Organizational Advocacy and Influence: Reexamining Interest Group Research." Annual Review of Political Science 15: 379-399

Kimball, David, Frank Baumgartner, Jeffrey Berry, Marie Hojnacki, Beth Leech, and Bryce Summary. 2012. "Who Cares About the Lobbying Agenda?" Interest Groups & Advocacy 1: 15-25

Benz, Jennifer, Justin Kirkland, Virginia Gray, David Lowery, Jennifery Sykes, and Mary Deason. 2011. "Mediated Density: The Indirect Relationship Between U.S. State Public Policy and PACS" State Politics & Policy Quarterly 11(4): 440-459.

Baumgartner, Frank, Jeffrey Berry, Marie Hojnacki, David Kimball, and Beth Leech. 2009. Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Banaszak, Lee Ann, and S. Laurel Weldon. 2011. "Informal Institutions, Protest, and Change in Gendered Federal Systems." Gender & Politics 7(2): 262-273.

Banaszak, Lee Ann. 2010. The Women's Movement Inside and Outside the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Gibson, James, and Michael Nelson. 2014. "The Legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court: Conventional Wisdoms, and Recent Challenges Thereto." Annual Review of Law and Social Science 10(1): 201-219

Zorn, Christopher, and Jennifer Bowie. 2010. "Ideological Influence in the Federal Judicial Hierarchy: An Empirical Assessment." Journal of Politics 72(4): 1212-1221

Carrubba, Clifford, and Christopher Zorn. 2010. "Executive Discretion, Judicial Decision Making, and Separation of Powers in the United States." Journal of Politics 72(3): 812-824.