Politics

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Vice Presidents: American Politics’ Vestigial Organ

While the choice of who will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidates currently consumes the American chattering class, once the choice is made the chosen are more likely than not to slide into obscurity.

3 years ago
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Scene from Suffragette

Suffragette – More than a Feminist Movie

With most works of art looking at the past, the real focus is the present. The new movie ‘Suffragette,’ writes Robert Dingwall, invites us to think about the consequences of political systems that are supposedly democratic but systematically exclude many voices.

4 years ago
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Ruth Wodak

Discourse and the Politics of Fear

From the margins of the political landscape to its center, Ruth Wodak examines the trajectories of populist right-wing parties in Europe in order to understand and explain how they are transforming from fringe voices to persuasive political actors who set the agenda and frame media debates.

4 years ago
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John Culberson

Can Federal Funding for the Social Sciences Survive in 2015?

The change in political balance in the U.S. Congress almost certainly will impact the fortunes of government-funded social and behavioral science next year. It’s time, argues Howard Silver, for universities and private industry to join the effort to preserve and protect these disciplines.

5 years ago
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Reagan and Stockman

How Ronald Reagan Helped Advance Social Science

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.

5 years ago
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Sign for evidence-based policy

Wanna Turn Heads in Washington? Here’s How

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.

6 years ago
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2003 flood of Somerset Levels

Floods, Politics and Science: The Case of the Somerset Levels

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.

6 years ago
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How Scholars Can Be Strategic Communicators

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.

6 years ago
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