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Strategies for Measuring Influence over State Agencies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 January 2021

Nelson C. Dometrius
Texas Tech University
Brendan F. Burke
Suffolk University
Deil S. Wright
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


In the summer 2006 edition of State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Michael Baranowski and Donald Gross examined two methods of measuring influence over state agency activities: freestanding versus paired comparison. Their analysis led them to conclude that the paired-comparison measures might be theoretically superior, but are often impractical. Using the American State Administrator Project (ASAP) surveys, we supplement Baranowski and Gross's analysis by identifying conditions that sometimes make freestanding instruments superior measures and, at other times, paired comparisons both superior and practical to use.

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