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The Breadth, Depth, and Utility of Class, Partisan, and Ideological Schemata

Ruth Hamill, Milton Lodge and Frederick Blake
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 29, No. 4 (Nov., 1985), pp. 850-870
DOI: 10.2307/2111184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111184
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

Given the complexity and ambiguity of things political, there are many ways to think about government and politics. The authors compare class, partisan, and ideological schemata in terms of cognitive content and utility in discriminating among political policies and President Reagan's positions on the issues. The "rich-poor" class schema is found to provide most respondents with a mechanism for dealing effectively with "spend-save" type issues, while both the "Republican-Democrat" partisan schema and the "liberal-conservative" ideological schema provide sophisticated respondents with an effective cognitive framework for dealing with both spend-save issues and the more abstract noneconomic policies.

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