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Competing for the Platform: How Organized Interests affect Party Positioning in the United States

Reinhardt, GY and Victor, JN (2018) 'Competing for the Platform: How Organized Interests affect Party Positioning in the United States.' Party Politics, 24 (3). p. 277. ISSN 1354-0688

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What explains which groups are included in a party coalition in any given election cycle? Recent advances in political party theory suggest that policy demanders comprise parties, and that the composition of a party coalition varies from election to election. We theorize three conditions under which parties articulate an interest group?s preferred positions in its quadrennial platform: when groups are ideologically proximate to the party median, when groups display party loyalty, and when groups are flush with resources. Using computer-assisted content analysis on a unique and rich data source, we examine three cycles of testimony that 80 organized groups provided to the Democratic Party. The analysis compares group requests with the content of Democratic and Republican National Committee platforms in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Results show that parties reward loyal groups and those that are ideologically proximate to the party, but offer no confirmation of a resource effect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: interest groups; Democratic Party; platforms; content analysis; USA
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:40

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