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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Erik Craft


Do individuals get the government that they vote for? While this may seem like an obvious question, the answer is unclear. In the United States, the Democratic or Republican parties’ effect on the size of government has been a topic of significant debate recently. Past research has looked at the percent of GDP resulting from government activities to determine the effect of political party on government size. This paper will take a more nuanced approach and examine the extent to which the ideology of a region’s populace, not its elected politicians, affects the per capita number and relative wage of government sector employees.