The forthcoming article “Candidates or Districts? Reevaluating the Role of Race in Voter Turnout” by Bernard L. Fraga is summarized by the author here: The recent film “Selma” highlighted the struggle by African-Americans to win voting rights. Yet even as we mark the 50th anniversary of these events, Black, Latino, and Asian American turnout continues […]

The forthcoming article “The Influence of News Media on Political Elites: Investigating Strategic Responsiveness in Congress” by Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson, René Lindstädt and Ryan J. Vander Wielen is summarized here: It is hard to imagine democracy in action without a free press. News media provide a crucial link between elected representatives and the people they represent. […]

With each controversial case they hear, questions arise about the influence of public opinion on the Supreme Court. Matthew Hall examines the types of cases where the Supreme Court appears constrained, and finds when a ruling must be implemented by government actors outside the judicial hierarchy, external pressures exert a stronger influence on the Court. […]

The forthcoming article “How Aspiration to Office Conditions the Impact of Government Participation on Party Platform Change” by Gijs Schumacher, Marc van de Wardt, Barbara Vis and Michael Baggesen Klitgaard is summarized here: Do government parties or opposition parties change their election platform more? It has long been assumed that opposition parties change more than government […]

It is incredibly unlikely that any one person’s vote will change the outcome of an election and individuals derive no immediate benefit from the actual act of voting, making it a deeply altruistic act. Following this idea, Toby Bolsen, Paul J. Ferraro, and Juan Jose Miranda examine whether voters are also more likely to take […]

The forthcoming article “The Achilles Heel of Plurality Systems: Geography and Representation in Multi-Party Democracies” by Ernesto Calvo and Jonathan Rodden is summarized here: The most recent elections in Britain and some of its former colonies have yielded some rather striking asymmetries between votes and seats.  In the UK, the Conservatives came close to an outright […]

John S. Earle and Scott Gehlbach summarize their article “The Productivity Consequences of Political Turnover: Firm-Level Evidence from Ukraine’s Orange Revolution” here: Recent events have illustrated the winner-take-all nature of politics in contemporary Ukraine. When Viktor Yanukovych fled the presidential palace in February, he was accompanied by a coterie of officials overwhemlingly drawn from the country’s […]

The forthcoming article, “Social Protest and Policy Attitudes: The Case of the 2006 Immigrant Rallies” by Valerie Martinez-Ebers  is summarized here:   Mass demonstration has been characterized as the “defining trope of our times” (Andersen 2011). The scope and number of protests in one year alone was so exceptional that “The Protester” was recognized as the […]

The article, “Political Quid Pro Quo Agreements: An Experimental Study” by Jens Großer, Ernesto Reuben, and Agnieszka Tymula, appears in the July 2013 issue of the American Journal of Political Science. Here, the authors summarize its contents: Some scholars argue that the amount of money in politics is fairly small compared to the stakes, and […]

It’s (Change in) the (Future) Economy, Stupid: Economic Indicators, The Media and Public Opinion Is now available on Early View, the authors summarize the article here: Stuart N. Soroka (University of Michigan), Dominik A. Stecula (University of British Columbia), and Christopher Wlezien (University of Texas at Austin) The economy matters for politics. First, there are clear […]

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