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Campaign Participants and Interest Group Activists: Not So Strange Bedfellows
Unformatted Document Text:  13 simply a count the number of coalitional groups in which a respondent reports being active or a leader. In terms of group membership we asked respondents about their membership and active membership or leadership role in a variety of groups. The groups that were included in both 1984 and 1988 (and 1992) were teacher’s groups, labor unions, civil rights groups, women’s groups, environmental groups, nonpartisan groups, liberal ideological groups, conservative ideological groups, farm groups, antiabortion groups, business groups. The coalitional groups for each party are ascertained by examining those groups on which there are statistically and substantively significant differences in group membership and activity between the parties, and for which there is significant party activity. We are able to do this because the study included (in addition to the Democratic sample which is the focus of this paper), a sample of 1984 Republican caucus participants. Comparing the two partisan groups, there were significant differences for all groups in terms membership, and based on these criteria, labor, women’s groups, teacher’s groups, environmental groups, civil rights groups, liberal ideological groups and nonpartisan groups are included with the Democrats. 5 It should be noted that not all groups comprising the Democratic coalition were included. Peace groups, third-world support groups and others were left out. These are relatively minor components of the party, and their distinctiveness is limited since they draw heavily on civil rights activists, women’s group activists and environmental activists. As a result, we are confident that we have included the groups that comprise the bulk of Democratic support traditionally. 6 5 The one questionable decision here appears to be the nonpartisan groups like the League of Women’s Voters, Common Cause etc. However factor analyses confirmed that activity in these groups clustered together with activity in civil rights, environmental, and women’s groups, constituting a liberal grouping aligned with the Democratic Party. 6 It is worth noting that it is likely that the inclusion of more groups would, if anything, simply increase the support for our findings.

Authors: Rapoport, Ronald. and McCann, James.
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simply a count the number of coalitional groups in which a respondent reports being
active or a leader.
In terms of group membership we asked respondents about their membership and
active membership or leadership role in a variety of groups. The groups that were
included in both 1984 and 1988 (and 1992) were teacher’s groups, labor unions, civil
rights groups, women’s groups, environmental groups, nonpartisan groups, liberal
ideological groups, conservative ideological groups, farm groups, antiabortion groups,
business groups. The coalitional groups for each party are ascertained by examining
those groups on which there are statistically and substantively significant differences in
group membership and activity between the parties, and for which there is significant
party activity. We are able to do this because the study included (in addition to the
Democratic sample which is the focus of this paper), a sample of 1984 Republican caucus
participants. Comparing the two partisan groups, there were significant differences for
all groups in terms membership, and based on these criteria, labor, women’s groups,
teacher’s groups, environmental groups, civil rights groups, liberal ideological groups
and nonpartisan groups are included with the Democrats.
5
It should be noted that not all
groups comprising the Democratic coalition were included. Peace groups, third-world
support groups and others were left out. These are relatively minor components of the
party, and their distinctiveness is limited since they draw heavily on civil rights activists,
women’s group activists and environmental activists. As a result, we are confident that
we have included the groups that comprise the bulk of Democratic support traditionally.
6
5
The one questionable decision here appears to be the nonpartisan groups like the League of Women’s
Voters, Common Cause etc. However factor analyses confirmed that activity in these groups clustered
together with activity in civil rights, environmental, and women’s groups, constituting a liberal grouping
aligned with the Democratic Party.
6
It is worth noting that it is likely that the inclusion of more groups would, if anything, simply increase the
support for our findings.


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