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    Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama may also boost the national fortunes of the Democratic Party

Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama may also boost the national fortunes of the Democratic Party

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This week saw Democrat Doug Jones win Alabama’s US Senate special election against Republican Roy Moore. Andrée E. Reeves writes that Jones was able to clinch this upset victory by avoiding personal attacks and energizing turnout, especially among African Americans, young people, and women. She comments that the Democratic Party’s base has now been similarly animated, while those like […]

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    In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

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The vast majority of Americans who commute to work do so by car, and many policymakers in America’s towns and cities are trying to change this by encouraging more healthy alternatives such as cycling. To look at how this might be achieved, Robert Boyer examined cycling habits in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He finds that riding a bike for recreation […]

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    A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

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Methamphetamine (or meth) is widely associated with negative outcomes for those that use it, but there can also be costs to those who live close to where it’s produced. In new research, Bern Dealy, Brady P. Horn and Robert P. Berrens examine the effects of discovering that a meth lab is located nearby on house prices. They find that […]

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    Evidence from Oregon shows that Citizens’ Initiative Reviews can improve voters’ decision-making about ballot measures

Evidence from Oregon shows that Citizens’ Initiative Reviews can improve voters’ decision-making about ballot measures

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Citizens in many US states practice direct democracy through voting on statewide ballot measures. But do voters actually have all the information they need to make judgments about a measure’s likely effects? In 2011, Oregon adopted a Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) process, where randomly-selected citizen review boards evaluate ballot proposals to improve their fellow voters’ decision-making. In new research, […]

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    In Alabama’s deeply divided Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones faces an uphill battle

In Alabama’s deeply divided Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones faces an uphill battle

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Voters in the Yellowhammer State go to the polls tomorrow in a Special Election for one of the state’s US Senate seats. Andrée Reeves gives an overview of the state of the race, and argues that despite the controversies surrounding the Republican candidate, Judge Roy Moore, the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, is a long shot to win in deeply […]

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    Why redistricting should not be left to a mathematical formula alone

Why redistricting should not be left to a mathematical formula alone

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With Wisconsin’s Gill v. Whitford case now before the Supreme Court, gerrymandering and its effects are now back in the public consciousness. One response to state legislature’s gerrymandering of Congressional districts has been to promote a redistricting formula based on the idea of wasted votes. In new research, Micah Altman and Michael P. McDonald find that there are limitations […]

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    To overcome gender bias, objective performance metrics are not enough

To overcome gender bias, objective performance metrics are not enough

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Hiding gender-related information may be key for evaluators to focus on performance, write Tristan L. Botelho and Mabel Abraham.

It has been well established that men and women experience differences in access to social and financial capital, hiring outcomes, and performance evaluations more generally. One commonly cited explanation for these observed gender differences has to do with a lack of […]

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    Unlike Bush and Obama, Trump’s zero-sum worldview is severely hampering America’s counterterrorism efforts

Unlike Bush and Obama, Trump’s zero-sum worldview is severely hampering America’s counterterrorism efforts

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In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed to “eradicate completely… Radical Islamic Terrorism”. Jonny Hall writes that while Trump’s rhetoric against terrorism is not an enormous change from that of the Bush or Obama administration, what is very different is how Trump’s perspective informs American counterterrorism policy. Trump’s zero-sum worldview, he argues, largely ignores the ’causes’ of […]

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    “Gay” or “Homosexual”: the words we use can divide public opinion on civil rights

“Gay” or “Homosexual”: the words we use can divide public opinion on civil rights

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Words matter; different terms and phrases can be a huge influence on how the public things about important issues. For example, the term “homosexual” is more likely to be used to identify a group who some feel are outside of society, while “gay and lesbian” are much more inclusive terms. In new research, Brianna A. Smith and colleagues examines […]

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    Partisanship was not the only factor in how Obamacare exchanges were adopted by the states.

Partisanship was not the only factor in how Obamacare exchanges were adopted by the states.

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Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, many US states adopted their own Obamacare health insurance exchanges, many did not, and some opted for partial administration. In new research, Shihyun Noh argues that states were more likely to run health insurance exchanges in partnership with the federal government when they received financial incentives, had fewer state […]

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