The Party Replies: Examining Local Party Responsiveness to Prospective Campaign Volunteers
We examine the role that local parties play in responding to and equipping local volunteers to work during campaign seasons. We use a field experiment during the 2020 U.S. general election to investigate whether local parties are more likely to respond to certain types of volunteers and to examine what factors are associated with local parties’ responsiveness. We find that both Democratic and Republican local parties in competitive counties are more likely to respond to volunteers. Moreover, we find that both parties are more likely to respond to white volunteers and Democratic parties are more likely to respond to women. These differential response rates may be contributing to the increased demographic sorting between the parties.
Hannah, A. L.,
& Whitesell, A.
(2022). The Party Replies: Examining Local Party Responsiveness to Prospective Campaign Volunteers. Political Research Quarterly.