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Measuring Political Sophistication

Robert C. Luskin
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Nov., 1987), pp. 856-899
DOI: 10.2307/2111227
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111227
Page Count: 44
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Abstract

The vast, discordant literature on political sophistication, still divided over the variable's distribution in mass publics, is correspondingly divided over measurement. This paper, focusing on measurement, weighs the merits in these disputes. I first review the variable we all claim to be measuring, then the measures the literature affords. In the process I sketch several measures of my own and compare their empirical performance. Then, finally, I examine the distributional implications and offer some thoughts on future directions for sophistication research.

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