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May 22, 2015

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Persuasive Power: Members of Congress Can Sway the Public

Mar. 16, 2015 — Members of the U.S. Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind American national study. Researchers found that ... read more

Mar. 12, 2015 — What does it mean to be happy? Is it how happy you say you are, or is it how happy you act? Previous research has found that political conservatives report being happier than political liberals. But ... read more

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