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August 31, 2015

Voter ID Law Effects Hard to Pinpoint

Aug. 24, 2015 — Indiana's strict voter identification law may have prevented some elderly citizens from voting in the last two presidential elections, but there's little evidence it kept large numbers of ... read more

How Nations' Policies Affect Mothers' Ability to Balance Work-Family Life

Aug. 23, 2015 — When it comes to supporting working mothers, the United States' work-family welfare policies leave much to be desired, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple ... read more

Unmarried Women: Politically Cohesive, More Concerned About Women's Status

Aug. 22, 2015 — Why do unmarried women tend to be more liberal and Democratic than their married counterparts? A key reason is because unmarried women -- those who have never been married and those who are divorced ... read more

Raises for Elected Representatives Could Lead to Better Representation

Aug. 10, 2015 — Paying elected representatives more may result in better policies for voters, new research suggests. Increasing the prestige, salary and other benefits of elected may translate to the enactment of ... read more

Study Examines How, Why States Adopt Drunk Driving Laws

Aug. 10, 2015 — The severity of drunk driving within a state is not the most important predictor of whether states adopt new laws to restrict drunk driving -- nor is the political makeup of the state government. ... read more

Texas Voter Photo ID Requirement Discourages Turnout

Aug. 7, 2015 — A new study examines the impact of the controversial Texas law in US Congressional District ... read more

Sequential Voting in Presidential Primaries Best System to Winnow Candidates

Aug. 4, 2015 — The sequential election format of the US presidential primary is the best mechanism to select a candidate who would prevail in a head-to-head election against any one of the other candidates, says a ... read more

Connection Found Between Audience Reaction, Candidate Debate Success

July 27, 2015 — Audience laughter and applause have unique effects on presidential primary debates, say a researcher in political non-verbal communication. Among other things, he found that laughter benefited ... read more

Sochi Winter Olympics 'Cost Billions More Than Estimated'

July 27, 2015 — As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing and Almaty as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of last year's Games in Sochi, ... read more

Study Delves Into Regulators' Decision-Making in Bank Closures

July 17, 2015 — Commercial bank regulators consider much more than monetary cost when determining whether to close a troubled bank, a new report states. According to the study, regulators show a desire to defer ... read more

US Media Over-Represent Contributors to Policy Making, Study Finds

July 15, 2015 — American media in effort to highlight a diverse set of voices in covering politics generally over-represent the amount of people who contribute to policy making when compared with journalists in ... read more

Nixoncare Vs. Obamacare: Comparing the Rhetoric and Reality of Two Health Plans

July 13, 2015 — Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. But 44 years ago, he proposed a health plan that went far beyond what today's Affordable Care Act includes. After the ... read more

Countries Have Boundaries, but Fish Do Not

July 8, 2015 — Many species transcend political boundaries, so countries must work together on environmental management practices, marine science researchers argue in a new ... read more

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

Women on the U.S. $10? These Eight Women Could Fill the Bill

June 25, 2015 — Some notable but lesser-known women in American history might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned 10 dollar ... read more

Lobbying: Businesses Don't Always Get What They Want, but Try to Get What They Need

June 16, 2015 — Although most citizens tend to believe that big business owns Washington, D.C., a team of researchers suggests that business may have a less dominant and more complicated relationship with government ... read more

New Study Finds Battlegound State Polling Worked Until 2012 Election

June 15, 2015 — A statistical analysis of poll performance in battleground states over the last three presidential elections shows polling firms produced estimates that were fairly accurate in 2004 and 2008, but ... read more

Study Reveals Public's Slipping Confidence in Banks, Government

June 15, 2015 — Though there's been a significant decrease in the number of Americans who are angry at the current economic situation in this country, dropping from 44 percent a year ago to 33 percent at the ... read more

Public Debate Could Be Key to Strong Economy

June 10, 2015 — As it turns out, people who speak their minds loudly and often could be responsible for economic prosperity. The study is the first to measure the influence of public deliberation on economic ... read more

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