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The building blocks of politics : how pre-political dispositions shape political conflict in the contemporary United States

Jones, Bradley Mark, dissertant

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  • Creator by Bradley M. Jones
  • Format Books
  • Publication [Madison, Wis.] : [University of Wisconsin--Madison], 2016.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (ix, 219 pages) : illustrations (some color)
  • OCLC ocn951215584


  • Models of individual-level politics generally lack an adequate explanation of the origins of people's predispositions. In this dissertation, I provide a theoretical framework for thinking about pre-political dispositions -- stable individual differences that explain variation in the ways individuals approach political issiues and problems. Using survey data, I show how measures of these pre-political dispositions are associated with political identities, attitudes, and behaviors at the individual lelve. I also develop measures of the distribution of these pre-political dispositions in the mass public (aggregated to the congressional district level) and show how legislators react to the concerns of their constituents. In the final part of the dissertation, I show how political elites harness the pre-political dispositions to frame political conflicts.


  • Advisor: Barry C. Burden.
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin--Madison 2016.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-219).