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.
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?
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 help: their country ...
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 one of those ...
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 local big-money ...
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.
Two genes do not make a voter: new research
Voting behavior cannot be predicted by one or two genes as previous researchers have claimed, according to Evan Charney, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science.
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 development ...
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 ...