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Four essays on the empirical analysis of political ideology

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Foley, Peter William (2013) Four essays on the empirical analysis of political ideology. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05222013-154236063

Abstract

This thesis examines four distinct facets and methods for understanding political ideology, and so it includes four distinct chapters with only moderate connections between them. Chapter 2 examines how reactions to emotional stimuli vary with political opinion, and how the stimuli can produce changes in an individuals political preferences. Chapter 3 examines the connection between self-reported fear and item nonresponse on surveys. Chapter 4 examines the connection between political and moral consistency with low-dimensional ideology, and Chapter 5 develops a technique for estimating ideal points and salience in a low-dimensional ideological space.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:consistency; ideology; item response theory; nonresponse; salience
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Social Science
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Alvarez, R. Michael
Thesis Committee:
  • Katz, Jonathan N. (chair)
  • Alvarez, R. Michael
  • Adolphs, Ralph
  • Camerer, Colin F.
Defense Date:7 May 2013
Non-Caltech Author Email:pwfoley (AT) gmail.com
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05222013-154236063
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:05222013-154236063
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:7742
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Peter Foley
Deposited On:04 Jun 2014 17:43
Last Modified:04 Jun 2014 17:44

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