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Citation

Schwartz MA, Tatalovich R. Comp. Sociol. 2019; 18(1): 1-32.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Brill Academic Publishers)

DOI

10.1163/15691330-12341489

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

To clarify why research examining the responsiveness of governments to public opinion produces mixed results, the authors focus on issues involving contested moral values that are known to be highly salient to the public and hence more likely to be linked to public policy. Canada and the United States, where the same issues have emerged, allow them to isolate the factors resulting in majoritarian congruence, where policies follow public opinion. The authors attribute finding even less congruence than previous research to the dominance of the courts in ruling on morality issues, although they also find a greater role for the legislature in Canada. The authors raise the possibility that the very salience of the issues inhibited political action from conflict-avoidant politicians.


Language: en

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