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Title: Replication data for: Make it Rain? Retrospection and the Attentive Electorate in the Context of Natural Disasters      
dateReleased:
03-05-2012
downloadURL: http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/15136
ID:
hdl:1902.1/15136
description:
Are election outcomes driven by events beyond the control of politicians? Democratic accountability requires that voters make reasonable evaluations of incumbents. Although natural disasters are beyond human control, the response to these events is the responsibility of elected officials. In a county-level analysis of gubernatorial and presidential elections from 1970 to 2006, we examine the effects of weather events and governmental responses. We find that electorates punish presidents and governors for severe weather damage. However we find that these effects are dwarfed by the response of attentive electorates to the actions of their officials. When the president rejects a request by the governor for federal assistance, the president is punished and the governor is rewarded at the polls. The electorate is able to separate random events from governmental responses and attribute actions based on the defined roles of these two politicians.
description:
John Gasper; Andrew Reeves, 2010, "Replication data for: Make it Rain? Retrospection and the Attentive Electorate in the Context of Natural Disasters", http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/15136, Harvard Dataverse, V2
name:
John Gasper
Andrew Reeves
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997