Competing interest groups and union members' voting

Citation
P. Clark et Mf. Masters, Competing interest groups and union members' voting, SOC SCI Q, 82(1), 2001, pp. 105-116
Citations number
36
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
105 - 116
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200103)82:1<105:CIGAUM>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
Objective. This study is designed to assess the impact of support for union and social interest groups on labor union members' voting. Methods. Descri ptive and legit analyses of members' support for senatorial and gubernatori al candidates in the 1994 Pennsylvania elections examine the relationship b etween support for the union and support for the Christian Coalition and Na tional Rifle Association. Results. The results indicate that union members who are more supportive of labor's political goals are more likely to suppo rt union-endorsed candidates. But union members differ considerably in thei r support for union political goals vis-a-vis the Christian Coalition and N ational Rifle Association. Conclusions. Unions were a potentially pivotal f orce in the 1994 Pennsylvania elections. If they had been better able to ed ucate their members about the importance of voting their economic self-inte rest, then the election outcomes might have been reversed.