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July 5, 2015

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

Epic Fails in 2015 Elections: Does Polling Jeopardize Fairness?

June 10, 2015 — While the magnitude of the failure to predict elections' outcomes left pollsters gobsmacked, a study suggests that errors in polling forecasts can actually bias the electoral results ... read more

Political Science Study Debunks Idea of Public Opinion Backlash

June 1, 2015 — Does putting same-sex marriage in the public spotlight impede future policy gains for gay and lesbian couples? A new study says no, contrary to previous research on the ... read more

Climate Change Debate Fueled by 'Echo Chambers,' New Study Finds

May 26, 2015 — A new study demonstrates the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks. Researchers found that 'echo chambers' -- ... read more

How Will Congressmen Vote? Just Look at Their Social Circles, Study Finds

May 26, 2015 — US Congress members' social circles are more important in how they vote than their liberal or conservative beliefs or constituents' opinions, according to a new model of voting ... read more

Public Participation Does Not Lead to Increased Democracy

May 19, 2015 — Contrary to common belief, increased public participation does not lead to higher levels of democracy in countries that have been subject to conflicts. Instead, it is the role of the politicians and ... read more

Americans Know Someone Who Has Abused Prescription Painkillers, Poll Shows

May 18, 2015 — Results of a new poll show that in an era when concern about drug abuse has been very high, more US adults are concerned about prescription painkiller abuse than about ... read more

Playing Games Can Shift Attitudes, Study Shows

May 13, 2015 — A research laboratory is working to quantify the effects of playing games. In a study, researchers found that attitudes toward public health issues shift to be more accepting and understanding after ... read more

Political Talk on Facebook Mirrors Political Talk Offline

May 12, 2015 — Researchers found political discussions conducted on social networking sites like Facebook mirror traditional offline discussions and don't provide a window into previously untapped participants ... read more

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

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