Diffuse and specific support for the executive branch of government : a quasi-experimental study

dc.contributor.committeeMemberLehnen, Robert G.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrady, David W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMurray, Richard W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDurand, Roger E.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDworkin, A. Gary
dc.creatorMacauley, William A.
dc.description.abstractThis is a study of diffuse and specific support for the executive branch of government using a quasi-experimental design. The subjects of the study were drawn from the two populations of higher status university students and lower status non-academic employees of the same university. The measures of diffuse support were found to be stable over the eight weeks of the experiment. The magnitude of these measures varied with the particular level of executive, and they also varied greatly across the two independent variables of political party identification and social status. The several measures of specific support changed in a negative direction during this time period, and these declines were differentially affected by the independent variables. The most important finding was that the wide-ranged dissatisfaction with these three executives' specific job executions did not affect a decline in the stable measures of diffuse support.
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science, Department of
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dc.titleDiffuse and specific support for the executive branch of government : a quasi-experimental study
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thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentPolitical Science, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Science
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy


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