Faculty Publications

Title

The impact of education on legislative responsiveness in three field experiments

Document Type

Article

Keywords

communication, email, field experiment, Legislators, representation, responsiveness, state legislatures

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Cogent Social Sciences

Volume

3

Issue

1

Abstract

Three field experiments were used to investigate whether a constituent’s education level influences state legislators’ responsiveness to their request for assistance. Legislators were sent emails that were randomly varied as to the education level of the writer. Results indicate that communication from constituents with lower education levels receive fewer replies. Two potential explanations for the variation in legislative response are explored—political party and the legislator’s own education level. Analysis suggests that neither of these variables account for the response differential to the email manipulations.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1080/23311886.2017.1282034

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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