Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality.

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In the United States presidential elections are big business.  More than fifteen months before the general election, candidates and their affiliated super-PACs have already raised almost $130 million.  They will raise and spend many hundreds of millions more before the last ballot is counted.  The vast majority of those dollars ...

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Spatial Analysis for the Social Sciences

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Do concepts of space and geography play a big role in the questions you’re interested in? These concepts are prominent across the social sciences, in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, criminology, demography, political science, public health, and sociology, and on subjects as different as tribal customs, residential segregation, disease clusters, ...

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Terrorism and the Right to Resist

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Observers of contemporary politics with broadly liberal, democratic moral convictions have often felt ambivalent about the term ‘terrorist,’ particularly when used to characterize armed, non-state political groups that describe their goals in terms of ‘liberation’ or ‘resistance to oppression’. Terrorism and the Right to Resist addresses some of the deeper ...

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It’s not just what you say, it’s how much you emphasize it: Political parties’ issue emphasis strategies in national elections

Political Party Campaigns and issues; It’s not just what you say, it’s how much you emphasize it: Political parties’ issue emphasis strategies in national elections

Political pundits (including professors!) sometimes assert that national election outcomes turn on which political party or candidate espouses the most attractive policies on issues such as taxation, immigration, health care, and (in Europe) the role of the European Union, that preoccupy the mass public. However, political parties do not stake ...

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Why Women Matter: Evaluating the Effect of Female Representation on the Prospects for Post-conflict Peace

Female Representation and it's importance to post-conflict peace

Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council took a massive first step towards recognition of the lack of attention to gender equality and gender issues in peacebuilding, peacekeeping, and security processes around the world. UNSC Resolution 1325 provided a framework for the integration of women into peace processes, attention ...

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A Call for Survey Reporting Standards

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Recent high-profile challenges to the veracity of published social science research (see here and here), highlight the importance of methodological transparency in academic research.  Methodological transparency is the key to scientific integrity and the accumulation of scientific knowledge.  As outlined in a recent NSF report, transparency about data collection, management, ...

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How issue ownership affects ground campaigns: New evidence from a field experiment with UK Labour

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In the run-up to the 2014 European and Council elections the UK Labour Party was contemplating different strategies of how to deal with difficult issues, particularly immigration. In the short term, would it be more effective to ‘move the conversation on’ to issues more favorable? Should it confront the difficult ...

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