Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Keywords

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

Journal/Book/Conference Title Title

Cogent Social Sciences

Volume

3

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.

Department

Department of Political Science

Comments

First published in Cogent Social Sciences, v.3 (2017) e1282034, 12 pages, by the Talyor & Francis. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2017.1282034

Original Publication Date

1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1080/23311886.2017.1282034

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

Date Digital

2017

Copyright

©2017 Jayme Neiman. This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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