state and local politics; inequality; political behavior; representation; elections and voting; interest groups; parties and partisanship; quantitative and experimental methodology
"Union Decline and Its Consequences for Political Voice: A Look at the American States"
This dissertation examines the consequences of declining state level unionization to the political and economic voice of economically disadvantaged citizens. In three papers based on the theme of lessened voice, I argue that in states with stronger unionization there is greater individual participation, less economic inequality, and more government responsiveness.
Gerald C. Wright (Chair), Christopher DeSante, Bernard L. Fraga, Marjorie R. Hershey, Joseph Varga (Labor Studies)
Bucci, Laura C. Forthcoming. "Organized Labor's Check on Rising Economic Inequality in the U.S. States" State Politics and Policy Quarterly.