Contrary to image, city politicians do adapt to voters according to study
Political scientists have long wondered whether city governments in the United States are really responsive to their voters. Aren't local governments simply mired in machine politics, or under the sway of ...
Respect for human rights is improving
By ignoring how the collection of data on political repression changes over time, human rights watchers may be misjudging reports that seem to show respect for human rights has not been improving, according to a Penn State ...
A scholar who thinks globally and acts locally
You have probably not forgotten the banking crisis of 2008. But do you remember the banking crises of the 1980s—a series of bank runs that started in 1984?
Targeted campaigns provoke judges to cater to majority sentiment on the death penalty
While it may seem that judges in nonpartisan elections would be less influenced by popular majority opinion, a Princeton University-led report by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs finds the opposite ...
No strength in numbers: Infighting undermines large cities in state legislatures
Urban legislators have long lamented that they do not get their fair share of bills passed in state governments, often blaming rural and suburban interests for blocking their efforts. Now a new study confirms ...
Empowering women in Afghanistan
In recent decades, Afghanistan has been a notoriously difficult place for women to participate in civic matters. But a new study co-authored by an MIT political scientist, which assessed Afghanistan's largest ...
Why some immigrants get citizenship: Country of origin 'massive disadvantage' for some immigrants, study finds
For immigrants, the path to citizenship in many countries is filled with hurdles: finding a job, learning the language, passing exams. But for some people, the biggest obstacle of all may be one they cannot ...
Average voter is unable to accurately assess politicians, new research shows
(Phys.org)—A new study has thrown doubt on the ability of the average voter to make an accurate judgement of the performance of their politicians, showing that voter biases appear to be deep-seated and broad.
Disaster relief helps the incumbent, research shows
(Phys.org)—A 2009 study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Loyola Marymount University suggests President Obama may get a bump in the polls from Superstorm Sandy.
Largest global study on violence against women finds feminist movements hold the key to change
A new study on violence against women conducted over four decades and in 70 countries reveals the mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or ...
Women speak less when they're outnumbered
New experiments in group decision making show that having a seat at the table is very different than having a voice.
Voters bypass their own representatives and reward Presidents for federal spending, new research shows
Voters of all political stripes tend to reward Presidents for federal spending in their areas, new research shows.
Support for welfare depends on how secure we feel on our rung on the social ladder, new research shows
Support for welfare policies goes up when economic difficulties strike higher up the social scale, new research shows.
Why do some Muslims hate America? Researchers offer an intriguing new answer
The US struggle for hearts and minds in Muslim countries has been aiming at the wrong targets, a new study claims.
Does your leader's ethnicity matter? New study links ethnic favoritism in Africa to citizen winners and losers
An African child whose country is ruled by a leader from their ethnic group has a significantly improved chance of surviving childhood and getting a good education, a new study has found.