Cooperative party factions in American politics

Gregory Koger, Seth Masket, Hans Noel

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Abstract

What are the primary factions within the Democratic and Republican parties, and to what extent do rival factions cooperate? We address these questions using a unique data set of information sharing between party organizations, media outlets, 527s, and interest groups. Using social network methods, we identify two major information-sharing clusters, or expanded party networks; these networks correspond to a liberal/Democratic grouping and a conservative/Republican grouping. We further identify factions within each party network, but we find a high degree of cooperation between party factions. That is, our data suggest that beneath the intraparty disagreements we observe in primary elections and policy debates there is a subterranean pattern of organizational cooperation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-53
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • 527 organizations
  • Interest groups
  • Party polarization
  • Political networks
  • Political parties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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