Far out: Why political parties go to extremes

The established view is that in a two-party representative democracy, political parties should target the average voter if they want to be re-elected. So why do some political systems become polarized, rather than remain ...

Why some people switch political parties: New research

Why do some people switch political parties? After all, if someone is committed enough to a particular vision of politics, wouldn't they be relatively immune to the charms of its competitors?

Gender pay gap means fewer female candidates on the ballot

A new study in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, finds that electoral districts with a larger gender pay gaps show favoritism toward male political candidates in Parliamentary ...

Politicized, polarized scientific views are worse than ever

Last year one of my students in a history of science class commented that "no one knows which doctors to trust because they are politicizing the pandemic, just like politicians are." The interactions between science and politics ...

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