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State Party Organizations, 1960-1980: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Cotter, Cornelius P.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
electoral systems; party leaders; party membership; political parties; states (USA)
  • Abstract

    This two-part data collection examines the complex role of party organizational strength in electoral politics. Major areas of inquiry were the conceptualization, measurement, and identification of the determinants and consequences of party organizational strength at state and county levels. Responses were gathered from mailed questionnaires and personal interviews with various state party officials. Part 1 contains data collected from former Republican and Democratic state party chairs (1960-1978) in the 27 sample states of the data collection. In addition, questionnaires were sent to current state party chairs (1978-1980) in nonsample states. Topics covered include: the factors and motives leading the respondent to seek and accept the chairmanship, budgetary data for typical election and non-election years, an assessment of the state party organization's relationship with county party organizations, and the frequency of the state party's dealings with the National Committee on party matters such as fund-raising, gaining assistance for state candidates, and federal appointments and patronage. Part 2 contains results from personal interviews with both the current state party chairs (1978-1980) and the executive director for each party in the 27 sample states. As in Part 1, respondents were questioned on a variety of issues such as their party's relationship with the National Committee, an assessment of the most important aspects of their job as chairman, and the state party's role in recruiting and screening candidates for state and national positions. Additionally, the executive director for each party was asked a series of questions concerning the operation and strength of the party. Items in the series included a description of the party headquarters, services provided by the party such as public relations or issue research, and sources of funding.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: State Chairman Questionnaires, 1960-1980
    • DS2: State Chairman and Executive Director Interviews, 1980
Temporal Coverage
  • 1960 / 1980
    Time period: 1960--1980
  • 1978 / 1980
    Collection date: 1978--1980
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All state party chairs in the United States and executive directors in sample states.
A systematic (non-random), stratified sampling procedure was employed to maximize variation in the political environments and in the levels of strength of state parties.
Collection Mode
  • 1)Many questions included in the personal interviews (Part 2) were similar to items on the mailed questionnaires (Part 1). When this occurred, data from Part 2 were merged into Part 1. 2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SOC 77-27020).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8281 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08281.v1
  • Coleman, John J.. Party Organizational Strength and Public Support for Parties. American Journal of Political Science.40, (3), 805-824.1996.
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  • Cotter, Cornelius P., Gibson, James L., Bibby, John F., Huckhsorn, Robert J.. Party Organizations in American Politics. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1989.
  • Gibson, James L., Frendreis, John P., Vertz, Laura L.. Party dynamics in the 1980s: Change in county party organizational strength, 1980-1984. American Journal of Political Science.33, (11, supplement), 67-90.1989.
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  • Huckshorn, Robert J., Gibson, James L., Cotter, Cornelius P., Bibby, John F.. Party Integration and Party Organizational Strength. Journal of Politics.48, (4), 976-991.1986.
  • Bibby, John F., Gibson, James L., Cotter, Cornelius P., Huckshorn, Robert J.. Trends in party organizational strength, 1960-1980. International Political Science Review.1, 21-27.1983.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251218300400104 (DOI)
  • Gibson, James L., Cotter, Cornelius P., Bibby, John F., Huckshorn, Robert J.. Assessing Party Organizational Strength. American Journal of Political Science.27, (2), 193-222.1983.
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  • Cotter, Cornelius P., Bibby, John F.. Institutional Development of Parties and the Thesis of Party Decline. Political Science Quarterly.95, (1), 1-27.1980.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Cotter, Cornelius P. (1989): State Party Organizations, 1960-1980: [United States]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.