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Lawmakers discuss legislation in the Capitol building as lightning and dark clouds gather outside.
January 3, 2019

Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching

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

Election rules affect outcome
October 30, 2018

Take 5: Election Rules and Campaign Tactics That Sway Voters

A look at whether celebrity endorsements matter, why the top spot on a ballot is coveted, and more election research from Kellogg faculty.

Voters who do not trust each other.
September 4, 2018

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.
August 2, 2018

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
June 7, 2018

Why Certain Types of Elections Favor Extreme Candidates

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

Do corporate political donations buy influence in campaigns.
September 5, 2017

When Corporations Donate to Candidates, Are They Buying Influence?

The surprising result suggests the need to rethink the role of money in politics.

If the Electoral College was abolished, voters would see different political ads
May 6, 2016

Abandoning the Electoral College Would Remake Campaign Spending

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

Political ads on TV attempt to influence a viewer.
January 4, 2016

To Rally Your Base, Buy Air Time

How political advertising is a zero-sum game.

May 5, 2014

Happy Voters or Happy Outcomes?

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

September 4, 2012

Braggarts Become Leaders

Women at a disadvantage when competing for leadership positions

April 2, 2012

The Oprah Effect

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

November 1, 2010

A Populist Paradox

Populist policies may harm voters but reward leaders

Hand places vote in box
October 1, 2010

First Among Equals?

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

Babyfaced CEO seated at table
May 1, 2009

The "Teddy Bear Effect" for Black CEOs

Black male CEOS are more successful when their facial features are perceived as less threatening.

April 18, 2007

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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