We thank the Institute for Social Science Research at Arizona State University for funding this research and Hooi Hong Khor and Pamela Hunter for administering our survey. In addition, we thank Robert Erikson, Tim Johnson, Joanne Miller, the four anonymous reviewers, and Marianne Stewart for their comments and suggestions on how to improve earlier versions of the manuscript. All remaining errors are our own.
Source Cues, Partisan Identities, and Political Value Expression
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2009
©2009, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 53, Issue 4, pages 805–820, October 2009
How to Cite
Goren, P., Federico, C. M. and Kittilson, M. C. (2009), Source Cues, Partisan Identities, and Political Value Expression. American Journal of Political Science, 53: 805–820. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2009.00402.x
- Issue published online: 18 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2009
This article examines the conditions under which partisan identities shape the positions people express on four political values: equal opportunity, self-reliance, moral traditionalism, and moral tolerance. The theoretical framework posits that (1) party source cues activate latent partisan biases in the minds of citizens, which in turn affect the degree to which individuals express support for these values; (2) out-party cues are more powerful motivators of value expression than in-party cues; (3) value shifts are more pronounced when liberal-conservative identities reinforce partisan sentiments; and (4) partisan cues promote horizontal constraint among these values. These hypotheses are tested using data from a set of experiments appearing on a novel national survey. The empirical results generally support these theoretical expectations.