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Patrick Flavin, Ph.D. - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D. Patrick Flavin, Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science | Baylor University


Dr. Flavin focuses on political inequality, the impact of politics and public policies on citizens’ quality of life, and state politics.



Patrick Flavin, Ph.D. Publication






Dr. Flavin’s research and teaching interests include political inequality, the impact of politics and public policies on citizens’ quality of life, U.S. state politics, political behavior, and research methods. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and other journals.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (10)

Politics Inequality State Politics Teachers' Unions and Politics Quality of Life Political behavior Public Opinion Polling Elections Public Policy

Education (3)

University of Notre Dame: Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame: M.A.

University of St. Thomas: B.A.

Articles (3)

Income Inequality and Policy Representation in the American States American Politics Research


Government representation of public opinion is a central component of democracy. Previous studies have documented a robust congruence between aggregated public opinion and public policies in the American states. However, an equally important question for evaluating the quality of democracy is “Who does government respond to when formulating public policies?”...

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Life Satisfaction and Political Participation: Evidence from the United States Journal of Happiness Studies


Are people who are more satisfied with their lives more likely to participate in politics? Although the literature on political participation in the United States is one of the most theoretically and methodologically developed in political science, little research has sought to incorporate subjective life satisfaction into models of political participation. Instead, life satisfaction has been studied nearly exclusively as a dependent variable...

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Racial Differences in Information, Expectations, and Accountability The Journal of Politics


Citizens contribute to the process of democratic accountability by acquiring information about their elected officials' behavior, comparing this information to their expectations regarding substantive representation, and voting in elections based on the result of this comparison. However, citizens possess varying levels of information about, and different expectations of, Representatives' voting behavior. This raises the possibility that some citizens are more likely to hold their Members of Congress (MCs) accountable than others...

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