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Politics & Elections

When People Think Their Neighbors Support Trump, They’re More Likely to Express Anti-immigrant Views

Social norms are powerful—but fluid. A study of the 2016 election shows how they can change.

Negative economic news can lead voters to perceive women as less capable candidates.
Politics & Elections

Are Voters Biased Against Female Politicians?

In many cases, no. But economic anxiety can ignite powerful gender stereotypes.

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One Nation Invades Another. What Will Happen Next?

Game theory reveals why some conflicts escalate and others don’t.

Politics & Elections

Which Gold Medalists Do We Tweet About? Liberals and Conservatives Differ

New research explores how political ideology can affect whose accomplishments we celebrate.

Policy

Which Voters Want to Expand Medicaid? Maybe Not the Ones You Think

4-year degree-holders tend to be big supporters—even though they are personally unlikely to benefit.

Politics & Elections

Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching

During natural disasters, the media spotlight shifts—and special interests benefit.

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Voters who do not trust each other.
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Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others

The fallout can hinge on how much a country’s people trust each other.

A person faces a moral choice.
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Why a Choice Doesn’t Feel Like a Choice When Morality Enters the Picture

A new study explains why heroes always say, “I just did what anybody would do.”

Election rules affect outcome
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Why Certain Types of Elections Favor Extreme Candidates

Winners can differ when voting is done by district versus at-large.

Politics & Elections

Abandoning the Electoral College Would Remake Campaign Spending

A direct-vote system could have a sizeable impact on the behaviors of voters and candidates.

Politics & Elections

Podcast: Does What Candidates Say Matter?

Understanding political rhetoric in this heated presidential race.

Politics & Elections

To Rally Your Base, Buy Air Time

How political advertising is a zero-sum game.

Politics & Elections

Happy Voters or Happy Outcomes?

In corporations, academia, and the papal conclave, transparent voting and voter privacy interact in surprisingly complex ways.

Politics & Elections

Braggarts Become Leaders

Women at a disadvantage when competing for leadership positions

Politics & Elections

The Oprah Effect

Celebrity endorsement of political candidates can make a difference at the polls.

Politics & Elections

A Populist Paradox

Populist policies may harm voters but reward leaders

Politics & Elections

First Among Equals?

Prime ballot position improves a candidate’s chances of winning office.

Politics & Elections

A Populist Paradox

Populist policies may harm voters but reward leaders

Politics & Elections

First Among Equals?

Prime ballot position improves a candidate’s chances of winning office.

Politics & Elections

The Teddy Bear Effect

Does a babyface benefit black CEOs?

Politics & Elections

Majority Rules

Group design influences the information that members share, says David Austen-Smith, who is identifying incentives to speak the truth

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