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Representative Democracy and State Building in the Progressive Era

Eileen Lorenzi McDonagh
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 86, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 938-950
DOI: 10.2307/1964346
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1964346
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

I draw upon state-building and legislative literatures to investigate how constituency-based representative institutions in the Progressive Era nationalized innovative public policies, thereby expanding the authority of the federal government as a component of the modern American state developing at that time. Using state-level referenda votes as measures of grassroots views, multivariate analysis discloses the impact of district opinion, as well as party and district economy, as major determinants of House roll call voting on landmark regulatory legislation authorizing federal intervention in market relationships, state suffrage qualifications, and life-style behaviors involving intoxicating beverages.

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