Representation and Legislative Politics; Politics and the Media; Methods and the Discipline
- “Understanding the Party Brand: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Valence” (with Eleanor Neff Powell), 2014. Journal of Politics, 76(2): 492-505.
- “A Field Experiment on Legislators' Home Style: Service versus Policy” (with Christopher Karpowitz and Jeremy C. Pope), 2012. Journal of Politics, 74(2): 474-486.
- “Can Learning Constituency Opinion Affect how Legislators Vote? Results from a Field Experiment" (with David W. Nickerson), 2011. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 6(1): 55-83.
Professor Butler started at Washington University in July 2014 and comes to us from Yale where he was an associate professor of political science. His research uses experiments to study issues of representation. His research has appeared in numerous journals including American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. His book, Representing the Advantaged: How Politicians Reinforce Inequality, uses innovative field and survey experiments involving public officials to show that a significant amount of bias in representation traces its roots to the information, opinions, and attitudes that politicians bring to office. The research in the book suggests that even if all voters participated equally, there would still be significant levels of bias in American politics because of differences in elite participation.