Kevin J. Mullinix

Appalachian State University
Political Science

Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box 32107
Boone, NC
USA
28692
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My research examines the nuanced relationship between public opinion, media, and public policy in the context of American politics. In particular, I focus on how and when political parties shape policy attitudes and political behavior. My research challenges the notion that parties perpetually interfere with even-handed evaluations of policy information. I show that there are important contextual features in contemporary politics that not only mitigate, but at times, eliminate the ostensibly deleterious effects of partisanship in decision-making. My analyses reveal that the citizenry is more responsive to policy information, less susceptible to elite influence, and more capable of holding representatives accountable than previously thought. Additionally, I explore a variety of methodological issues surrounding the use of experiments in the social sciences, including: deception and experimental validity, and the role of samples and settings for causal inferences.

Citation:
Robison, Joshua and Kevin J. Mullinix. 2015. "Elite Polarization and Public Opinion: How Polarization is Communicated and Its Effects." Political Communication.
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10584609.2015.1055526#.Vg7MbehVhBd
Citation:
Mullinix, Kevin J. "Partisanship and Preference Formation: Competing Motivations, Elite Polarization, and Issue Importance." Political Behavior.
URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11109-015-9318-4#
Citation:
Mullinix, Kevin J. Forthcoming. "Presidential Debates, Partisan Motivations, and Political Interest." Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Citation:
Druckman, James N., Thomas J. Leeper, and Kevin J. Mullinix. Forthcoming. “The Experimental Study of Legislative Behaviors.” Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies.
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Sharpe, Elaine B., and Kevin J. Mullinix. Forthcoming. "Holding Their Feet to the Fire: Explaining Variation in City Governments' Use of Controls on Economic Development Subsidies." Economic Development Quarterly.
Citation:
Mullinix, Kevin J. 2011. "Lingering Debates and Innovative Advances: The State of Public Opinion Research." Policy Studies Journal 39 (S1): 61-76.

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy PRIMARY
Education Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Public Opinion PRIMARY

Keywords

PUBLIC OPINION POLICY PREFERENCES POLITICAL BEHAVIOR EXPERIMENTS