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Klarner article named Journal of Politics’ best

An article co-authored by Carl Klarner (political science) has received the award for the best article published last year in The Journal of Politics.

"The Many Faces of Elite Power in the ‘System of 1896’" appeared in the November 2002 issue.

Klarner and Kim Quaile Hill, from Texas A&M University, looked at the causes of the adoption of various direct democracy devices (the initiative, referendum and recall) in the early 1900s.

They found that states that had stronger elite interests (measured by concentration of ownership, based on employees) were associated with lower probabilities of adopting direct democracy devices. They also found that the chance of state governments considering whether to adopt direct democracy devices was lower when elite power was higher. States that did adopt direct democracy devices did so more slowly where elite power was higher.

The strength of reform movements (measured by votes for Populist or Progressive candidates for governor) was also associated with the speed and scope of adoption of direct democracy devices as well as consideration of direct democracy devices on the active agendas of state governments.

The paper was praised by journal editor William G. Jacoby, who said the selection committee focused in on it almost immediately as the winner.

Klarner, who earned a doctorate at Texas A&M University in 2001, conducts research and teaches in the fields of parties, elections and political behavior; state politics and policy; and research methodology.

The Journal of Politics, a publication of the Southern Political Science Association, is one of the most respected journals in the field, according to a recent survey of 1,400 members of the American Political Science Association.

Date Published: 10/23/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 12

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