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Study Report

Study Number: LH-001-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1960

Subject Area: Political Parties

Bibliographic Citation: State party organizations, 1960-1980: [U.S.].  [machine-readable data file] / Cotter, Cornelius P.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8281

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 3 volumes hard copy; machine-readable OSIRIS dictionary; SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This two-part data collection examines the complex role of party organizational strength in electoral politics. Major areas of inquiry were the conceptualization, measurement, and identification of the determinants and consequences of party organizational strength at state and county levels. Responses were gathered from mailed questionnaires and personal interviews with various state party officials. Part 1 contains data collected from former Republican and Democratic state party chairs (1960-1978) in the 27 sample states of the data collection. In addition, questionnaires were sent to current state party chairs (1978-1980) in nonsample states. Topics covered include: the factors and motives leading the respondent to seek and accept the chairmanship, budgetary data for typical election and non-election years, an assessment of the state party organization's relationship with county party organizations, and the frequency of the state party's dealings with the National Committee on party matters such as fund-raising, gaining assistance for state candidates, and federal appointments and patronage. Part 2 contains results from personal interviews with both the current state party chairs (1978-1980) and the executive director for each party in the 27 sample states. As in Part 1, respondents were questioned on a variety of issues such as their party's relationship with the National Committee, an assessment of the most important aspects of their job as chairman, and the state party's role in recruiting and screening candidates for state and national positions. Additionally, the executive director for each party was asked a series of questions concerning the operation and strength of the party. Items in the series included a description of the party headquarters, services provided by the party such as public relations or issue research, and sources of funding.

SOURCE: personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

UNIVERSE: All state party chairs in the United States and executive directors in sample states.

SAMPLE: A systematic (non-random), stratified sampling procedure was employed to maximize variation in the political environments and in the levels of strength of state parties.

NOTE: Many questions included in the personal interviews (Part 2) were similar to items on the mailed questionnaires (Part 1). When this occurred, data from Part 2 were merged into Part 1.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 2 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each

TIME PERIOD: 1960-1980


FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.



Cotter, Cornelius P., James L. Gibson, John F. Bibby, and Robert J. Huckhsorn. PARTY ORGANIZATIONS IN AMERICAN POLITICS. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. Gibson, James L., Cornelius P. Cotter, John F. Bibby, and Robert J. Huckshorn. ''Assessing Party Organizational Strength.'' AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (May 1983), 193-222. Bibby, John F., James L. Gibson, Cornelius P. Cotter, and Robert J. Huckshorn. ''Trends In Party Organizational Strength, 1960-1980.'' INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW (No. 1, 1983), 21-27.

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