Title page for ETD etd-10292004-102526

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pike, Jennifer Kirsten
Author's Email Address jpike3@lsu.edu
URN etd-10292004-102526
Title Racial Attitudes and Policy Preferences
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
James C. Garand Committee Chair
Kathleen Bratton Committee Member
William A. Clark Committee Member
  • race-neutral policy preferences
  • feeling thermometer scores
Date of Defense 2004-10-26
Availability unrestricted
This thesis analyzes statistical models of the impact of racial attitudes on race-neutral policy preferences in the 2002 Louisiana population. Previous research has identified racial attitudes as a determinant of welfare spending preferences in the national white population. This paper uses ordered logit modeling to test for the impact of racial attitudes on welfare and public education spending preferences within a state population, with separate analyses for black and white respondents. Moreover, this analysis provides a parallel model for highway spending as a control for the theoretical race-coded nature of welfare and public education. The analysis demonstrates similar racialization of the ostensibly race-neutral policy areas for both black and white respondents. The findings show strong support for the theory that racial attitudes inform welfare spending preferences, and modest support that they influence education spending preferences. However, the analysis also shows that racial attitudes inform highway spending preferences. This counterintuitive finding casts doubt on the connections demonstrated by the models of other spending areas and suggests that the demonstrated statistical connection may be spurious.
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