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The Nature of Political Ideology in the Contemporary Electorate

Treier, Shawn; Hillygus, D. Sunshine


Given the increasingly polarized nature of American politics, renewed attention has been focused on the ideological nature of the mass public. Using Bayesian Item Response Theory (IRT), we examine the contemporary contours of policy attitudes as they relate to ideological identity and we consider the implications for the way scholars conceptualize, measure, and use political ideology in empirical research. Although political rhetoric today is clearly organized by a single ideological dimension,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Opinion Quarterly
DOI: 10.1093/poq/nfp067


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