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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Political Science

Abstract

Abstract

Scholars of American public policy have noted substantial policy differences that persist among the American States. The policy environment that exists in a state contributes to its unique character: some states are more Liberal, some more Conservative. In this paper, I provide a measure of the differences among the American states in the ideological orientation of their public policies and an exploration of the possible explanations for these differences. I develop a Policy Liberalism Score that provides a relative measure of a state’s policy orientation. I then run a cross-sectional linear regression model to assess the relationship between this score and a variety of independent variables. This model produces statistically significant results for three political variables: Partisan control of the State Legislature, Party Strength, and Legislative Professionalism. These findings support literature that suggests political variables are important determinants of a state’s policy orientation.

Faculty Mentor

Dawson, Lorna

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Public Policy Liberalism in the American States

Abstract

Scholars of American public policy have noted substantial policy differences that persist among the American States. The policy environment that exists in a state contributes to its unique character: some states are more Liberal, some more Conservative. In this paper, I provide a measure of the differences among the American states in the ideological orientation of their public policies and an exploration of the possible explanations for these differences. I develop a Policy Liberalism Score that provides a relative measure of a state’s policy orientation. I then run a cross-sectional linear regression model to assess the relationship between this score and a variety of independent variables. This model produces statistically significant results for three political variables: Partisan control of the State Legislature, Party Strength, and Legislative Professionalism. These findings support literature that suggests political variables are important determinants of a state’s policy orientation.