The Origins of Policy Principles

Paul Goren

in On Voter Competence

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396140
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979301 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

The Origins of Policy Principles

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This chapter takes up the correlates of limited government, traditional morality, and military strength. Two factors are posited to weigh heavily on the positions citizens take on each principle: party identification and personal values. Data from three new national surveys are used to test the hypotheses. The analysis suggests party and values systematically affect policy principles for the sophisticated and unsophisticated alike, with the influence of values outweighing that of party for most people. The chapter then undertakes an exploratory analysis of the relationship between human values and party identification. Evidence shows that values exert strong direct effects on partisanship. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the broader implications these results have for assessing citizen competence.

Keywords: origins; party identification; personal values

Chapter.  12761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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