Wednesday, October 5, 2011

IRCPPS in the Links: How Divisive is too Divisive in US Presidential Primaries?

Jonathan Robinson writes in the Monkey Cage:
The “Niggerhead” incident and related mudslinging among the GOP presidential candidates prompts the question: how competitive is too competitive when it comes to primaries? Political scientists have long studied what is called the divisive primary hypothesis, and John wrote a post back in early 2008 (see also the comments) that presented some relevant research. John suggested that divisive primaries had little effect on the nominee’s performance in the general election...