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By Howard J. Silver | Published: June 20, 2014
The more things change, the more they stay the same -- especially when it comes to political reluctance for the U.S government to pay for social science research. Our new blogger, Howard J. Silver, is an old hand at lobbying the feds for research funds, and details how political headwinds blew in a suite of lobbying groups.
By Duncan Green | Published: March 13, 2014
A survey of White House advisers from three administrations reveals that what they want from researchers is less options than opinions, and less journal citations than citations by journalists.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: February 10, 2014
Feel-good interventions that don't provide a practical good, or at least one not supported by evidence, generate questions that hinge specifically on future responses to climate change and more broadly on government decision-making in general.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 26, 2013
As academics, we are not usually trained – or even encouraged – to seek an audience for our research beyond the world of peer review. This leaves us ill-equipped for the policy world, a competitive place in which scholars enjoy few advantages. To bring our ideas and findings into the policy arena, we must adopt a style of engagement that enable us to compete effectively with these other groups for the attention of decision-makers.
By British Academy | Published: May 2, 2013
The British Academy recently published a guide for students encouraging those studying the humanities and social sciences to become statistically savvy.
By Lorna McConville | Published: March 4, 2013
The Republican war on Social Science, Natural Science and Social Science combine, and more on your weekly overview of Social Science News.
By Christopher Taylor | Published: February 18, 2013
Why we need to pay closer attention to the President of Emory's shocking comparison of University budget cuts with the three-fifths compromise, and what it says about America now, not then.
By Social Science Bites | Published: October 1, 2012
What can psychology tell us about morality? Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind, discusses the place of rationality in our moral judgements in this episode of the Social Science Bites podcast.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: August 29, 2012
Faith in the wisdom of the affluent to guide public policy has been sorely tested by the enormous costs in money and human suffering resulting from the Great Recession. My data cast further doubt on the notion that representational inequality arises from the greater knowledge or better judgment of those with higher incomes.
By Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: March 29, 2012
New research provides evidence that, when under time pressure or otherwise cognitively impaired, people are more likely to express conservative views.
By Social Science Space | Published: March 19, 2012
Why do some people hide their light under a bushel while others promise more than they can deliver? In the latest edition of the Journal of Theoretical Politics, Dr René Lindstädt (University of Essex) and Dr Jeffrey Staton (Emory University, USA) have developed a theory to explain the phenomenon.
By MZurn | Published: December 1, 2011
In 2011 the Science and Technology Select Committee published the report Scientific advice and evidence in emergencies, examining the role of science when emergencies such as the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the volcanic ash disruption occur. Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, spoke to […]