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ERIC Number: EJ852008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Political Diversity in Six Disciplines
Klein, Daniel B.; Stern, Charlotta
Academic Questions, v18 n1 p40-52 Mar 2004
During the past 35 years, Seymour Martin Lipset and his collaborators have generated a series of studies and reports on the political alignment in academia. They have all found the social sciences and humanities to be preponderantly Democratic. In the past decade there has been little scholarly inquiry into the political orientation of faculty. There has been a growing complaint about "liberal bias" in cultural institutions generally. However, any compilation of personal testimony will be dismissed as the exaggerations of people with an axe to grind. To resolve the matter, the evidence must advance from personal testimony to actual measurement. Thus, voter registration data is certainly sufficient to establish extreme lopsidedness between Democrats and Republicans, but it is too incomplete to arrive with much confidence at estimates of the actual proportions. In Spring 2003 the authors surveyed U.S. members in six nationwide social science and humanities associations: (1) American Anthropological Association; (2) American Economics Association; (3) American Historical Association; (4) American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy; (5) American Political Science Association; and (6) American Sociological Association. The survey posed an unambiguous question about voting behavior: To which political party have the candidates you've voted for in the past ten years mostly belonged? The question asked for the party most voted for. Nineteen respondents spontaneously checked two parties (and 14 checked three or more parties). Of the 19 who checked two, only seven checked Democratic and Republican. This strongly suggests that individuals who vote for the major parties align themselves with one or the other. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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