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The Reputational Premium:
A Theory of Party Identification and Policy Reasoning
Paul M. Sniderman & Edward H. Stiglitz

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Preface ix
Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Our Story 3

Chapter 2: A Reputational Theory of Party Identification and Policy Reasoning 12
Premises 12
The Institutional Basis of Party- Centered Voting 13
Characteristics of Choice Sets in Politics 16
Reputational Reasoning and Candidate Positioning 23

Chapter 3: Lessons from a Sterile Downsian Environment 34
Issues of Identity 34
A Thought Experiment: Policy Reasoning in a Sterilized Downsian Space 36
The Downsian Experiment 37
Party and Partisanship in the Absence of Party 42
Lessons from a Sterile Downsian Environment 62

Chapter 4: The Electoral Logic of Party Reputations 64
The Errors- and- Bias Interpretation of Party Identifi cation 64
The Canonical Theory of Party Identifi cation 71
Programmatic Partisans and Reputational Premiums in Policy Reasoning 77
Candidate Positioning and the Reputational Premium: The Order Rule 79
Alternative Hypotheses on Candidate Positioning 82
Replication: The Order Rule 89
When Candidate Positions and Party Reputations Conflict 92
Caveat Lector 93

Chapter 5: The Democratic Experiment: A Supply- Side Theory of Political Ideas and Institutions 95
A Reputational Theory of Party Identifi cation and Policy Reasoning 96
A Party- Centered Supply- Side Approach to the Question of Citizen Competence 100
A Paradox: Citizen Competence and Partisan Reputation 104
Coda 109

Appendix A: A Limit on the Influence of the Policy Reputations of Parties 110
Introduction 110
Reputations as Encoded Information 114
The Stickiness of Preferences 116
Can Parties Induce Polarization Spikes? 119
Replication 125
Precis 130
Appendix B Study Descriptions: General Description of Methodology 133

References 137
Index 143

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