Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Incremental Polarization
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Incremental Polarization: A Unified Spatial Theory of Legislative Elections, Parties and Roll Call Voting

Justin Buchler


This book provides a unified spatial model of legislative elections, parties, and roll call voting to address three primary questions: why do legislators adopt extreme positions, how do they win given their extremism, and what role do parties play in promoting polarization? The book links spatial models of elections to spatial models of roll call voting in the legislature, and suggests that the key to understanding polarization is to reverse the order of conventional models and place the legislative session before the election because legislators adopt positions in the policy space, extreme or ... More

Keywords: Congress, polarization, election, party, voting, spatial model, collective action problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190865580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190865580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Buchler, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University