Successful once, protesters may hesitate to return to streets
As the long-term impact of the Arab Spring continues to take shape, research from political scientists at Princeton University and New York University warns that the protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa ...
International aid and advocacy groups are influenced by their home countries' cultures
In February, Greenpeace activist and actress Lucy Lawless, star of "Xena: Warrior Princess," was sentenced to 120 hours of community service for boarding a Shell oil rig to protest offshore Arctic drilling. Dramatic protests ...
Researchers find appointed justices outperform elected counterparts
State supreme court justices who don't face voters are generally more effective than their elected counterparts, according to research led by Princeton University political scientists.
Trust in pollies concerns Australian voters
More than half of Australians think they have no say about what the government does nor any influence on politics, a new analysis from QUT shows.
'Gold standard' moms best at transmitting political ideologies, study finds
(Phys.org)—When it comes to transmitting political ideologies, warm moms who give their children lots of love and lots of rules serve as the best conduits, according to recent research co-authored by a Texas Tech University ...
Study explores Greek membership on political orientation, activism
Colleges are often perceived as leaning left, but research by social scientists at the University of Iowa suggests the reality is more nuanced and that higher education attracts students from across the political ...
2012 US election a 'Moneyball' win for geeks
It was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, it was validation for the number-crunchers and statistical model geeks, including a New York Times blogger who became a target for conservatives.
Voting machines remain worry in US election
Few want to even think about it, but the 2012 US election result could be clouded by problems with voting machines ... again.
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.
Voters' choices based on performance, not policy
Voters in U.S. presidential races make choices based on a candidate's performance rather than on his or her policy positions—even when those stances run counter to the voters' own, according to a new book by a University ...
How close were we to Armageddon? 50 years on, why should we still study the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Why, fifty years on, is the Cuban Missile Crisis still a subject of considerable fascination for academics and professionals alike? Should we still be studying it, and if so, how? These are just some of the questions addressed ...
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.
Political scientist predicts small inroads for Democrats in house elections
(Phys.org)—James E. Campbell, a University at Buffalo political scientist nationally recognized for his highly accurate election-prediction models, says that this year the Democrats are likely to pick up between three and ...
How do political parties influence you?
When U.S. President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage on May 9 of this year, the Twitterverse went into overdrive. Social media analysts reported that Twitter saw 1.6 million #gaymarriage ...