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Companies' Bottom Lines Benefit When Former Politicians Join Leadership Teams

May 5, 2015 — Companies can experience a significant improvement to their bottom lines when a former politician takes a leadership role, but company leaders who move into the political area do not provide the same ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Bad news, fans of rational political discourse: A study shows that attempts to debunk political rumors may only reinforce their ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — As the number of bills passed by Congress declines, fewer and fewer Congressional representatives are voting across party lines, leaving only a few key representatives as collaborative voters, ... read more

Will April’s Facebook 'Likes' Predict the Outcome of May's General Election?

Apr. 29, 2015 — Using Facebook to express support for politicians and their parties is standard practice for voters these days – but does how many ‘likes’ a party has before an election have any bearing on the ... read more

Should Voting Be Compulsory or Should We Have a Right Not to Vote?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach. Does abstention constitute a citizen's right not to vote? A new article explores whether we have a legal right to a 'no ... read more

Vehicle Cost, Lack of Consumer Information Hinder Purchases of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Apr. 22, 2015 — Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A new study confirms quantitatively that partisan disagreements in the US Congress are worsening and that polarization is harmful to policy ... read more

Psychologists Explain Why We Are So Apathetic About the UK General Election

Apr. 21, 2015 — If you are not feeling enthused by the general election, you are not alone. A new article quotes research finding that, in the UK, 31 per cent of people trust the government and only 20 per cent ... read more

Building Healthier Communities Should Be a Priority When Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters

Apr. 15, 2015 — US communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts -- something that rarely happens now, says a new ... read more

59 Percent of California Physicians Support Affordable Care Act, Study Shows

Apr. 15, 2015 — 77 percent of California primary care and specialty physicians understand the basics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and 59 percent support it, a new study ... read more

No Way Out? Why Environmental Politics Is at an Impasse

Mar. 24, 2015 — The structural constraints contributing to the deadlock in environmental politics has been analyzed in a recent study. "For politics, decisions represent the most uncomfortable factor. It is ... read more

Direct Engagement With Constituents a Plus for Political Leaders

Mar. 19, 2015 — Politicians who discuss hot-button issues in online town halls can persuade their constituents about the merits of their positions on policy matters, engender greater trust and approval, and inspire ... read more

Understanding Democracy, Development Traps Using a Data-Driven Approach

Mar. 18, 2015 — Why do some countries seem to develop quickly while others remain poor? This question is at the heart of the so-called poverty or development trap problem. Using mathematics on open data sets ... read more

Die-Hard College Sports Fans Defy Expectations

Mar. 16, 2015 — When March Madness kicks off, you might expect the bleachers to be filled with alumni and students from the competing colleges. In fact, only about a third of die-hard college sports fans are alumni ... read more

Politics of Inequality and the Inequality of Politics

Mar. 4, 2015 — Economic inequality is at historic highs. The wealthiest one percent own 40 percent of the nation's wealth. This staggering inequality raises the question, what are the psychological causes and ... read more

How Big Data Can Be Used to Understand Major Events

Mar. 4, 2015 — With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analyzed ... read more

Tools Can Identify Nations Vulnerable to Ebola and Aid Response, Analysis Finds

Mar. 3, 2015 — Ebola remains a serious problem in parts of West Africa and the experiences in affected areas may provide lessons for future public health emergencies. A set of tools newly created may help identify ... read more

Republicans Trust Science -- Except When It Comes to Health Insurance and Gay Adoption

Mar. 2, 2015 — A new study finds that while Democrats are generally more 'pro-science' than other political groups, Republicans are also inclined to defer to science across a range of policy issues. In ... read more

Use of Neuroscience in Law May Face Political Resistance

Feb. 24, 2015 — Republicans and Independents disapprove of neuroscience-informed criminal justice reforms when the reforms are seen as being too lenient with criminal defendants. When framed differently, however, ... read more

'Massive' Tobacco Industry Third Party Lobbying for Revised European Directive

Feb. 24, 2015 — The tobacco industry deployed 'massive' third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for ... read more

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