British Journal of Political Science

Notes and Comments 1

a1 Department of Political Science Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
a2 Department of Political Science University of New Orleans.


In recent years the study of divided government has been a growth industry. Numerous scholars have sought to explain patterns of divided government in the United States, while others have attempted to explore the consequences of the phenomenon. No doubt this scholarly interest in the subject is due in large part to the attention paid by the political media to divided control of the presidency and Congress during the 1980s, as well as the resulting ’gridlock‘ that dominated policy making in Washington during that time period.


1 The authors' names are listed in alphabetical order, indicating that each shared equally in the preparation of this Note. We are indebted to Stacia Haynie, William Clark and John Frendreis for their comments on its earlier drafts. The data utilized in it were made available by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. The data for the 1992 American National Election Study were originally collected by Warren E. Miller and the National Election Studies. Neither the collector of the original data nor the consortium bears any responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented herein.