The Editorial Staff of the American Journal of Political Science is pleased to announce important new revisions to the policy regarding replication materials for AJPS articles. These innovations represent significant changes to current operations. Research transparency and replicability of results are standards to which the discipline traditionally has paid lip service. The new AJPS replication […]

The forthcoming article “Explaining Explanations: How Legislators Explain their Policy Positions and How Citizens  React” by Christian R. Grose, Neil Malhotra, and Robert P. Van Houweling is summarized here: People often disagree with their elected representatives, especially on contentious issues such as immigration that do not fall cleanly along liberal-conservative lines. At the same time, reelection […]

By Samuel DeCanio Ever since the initial study of public opinion, political scientists have found voters ignorant of basic political information.  Typically voters cannot name their representatives, describe their actions in office, or explain major policy debates.  Widespread public ignorance has been described as the strongest findings of any of the social sciences. Despite recognizing […]

By Gwyneth McClendon Why do individuals participate in non-voting forms of collective political action? The last few years have been rife with examples of rallies, protests and demonstrations: from student protests in Hong Kong, to the “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations in the United States, to mass rallies in the Ukraine. While we can ask questions […]

The forthcoming article “The Primacy of Race in the Geography of Income-Based Voting” by Eitan Hersh and  Clayton Nall is summarized by the authors here: For decades, researchers have studied the relationship between income and voting, investigating where, why, and how much the rich and poor diverge from each other in their political preferences. In […]

Summary by Adam J. Berinsky, Michele F. Margolis and Michael W. Sances The Internet has dramatically expanded the ability of researchers to survey ordinary citizens about politics. Not only are respondents easier to reach online, but Internet surveys can be “self-administered” to respondents, obviating the need for a human to read questions and record answers. […]

By Samara Klar Party identification is one of the most important determinants of what people think and the decisions they make. In fact, previous scholars have found that whether you identify as a Democrat or a Republican can influence your opinions on the economy, your preferred policy positions, and even your perception of a candidate’s […]

The forthcoming article “Legislative Veto Players and the Effects of International Human Rights Agreements” by Yonatan Lupu, is summarized here Most countries join human rights treaties, and most governments violate human rights.  These observations lead to considerable and understandable skepticism as to whether these treaties have an effect on human rights practices.  International mechanisms often […]

The forthcoming article “Reassessing Schoenfeld Residual Tests of Proportional Hazards in Political Science Event History Analyses” by Sunhee Park and David J. Hendry is summarized by the authors here: In a 2001 AJPS article, Janet Box-Steffensmeier and Chris Zorn introduced the political science audience to Patricia Grambsch and Terry Therneau’s method of testing and correcting […]

Carly Urban, Montana State University Sarah Niebler, Dickinson College Why do individuals contribute to political campaigns? There are many reasons people may give—ranging from the warm glow they feel after contributing to a cause they care about to perceived access to political candidates. Presidential campaigns thrive on individual campaign contributions to keep their messages present […]

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