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    Having undocumented parents actually makes children more likely to be politically active as adults

Having undocumented parents actually makes children more likely to be politically active as adults

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About 5 million children born in the US live with at least one undocumented parent. In new research, Alex Street investigates what having an undocumented parent means for their children’s’ interest in civic and political engagement later on in life. Rather than having a chilling effect, as might be expected, he finds that the children of undocumented immigrants have […]

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    Protecting minority rights can undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of many Americans

Protecting minority rights can undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of many Americans

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Since 2010, the Supreme Court has handed down a number of landmark decisions which have dramatically increased gay rights in the US. But these decisions have often led to a backlash. Using national survey data, Michael A. Zilis finds that the Supreme Court’s decisions actually undermined its legitimacy in the eyes of those who dislike gays, despite the […]

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    Book Review: Democracy Under Threat edited by Surendra Munshi

Book Review: Democracy Under Threat edited by Surendra Munshi

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In Democracy Under Threat, editor Surendra Munshi brings together twenty contributors to explore the challenges facing democracy globally. While the collection largely avoids examining the role of capitalism in undermining democracy, this is a well-edited, stimulating and distinctive book that is highly recommended by Luke Martell.

Democracy Under Threat. Surendra Munshi (ed.). Oxford University Press. 2017.

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    Latinos now trust politicians even less than before, but have become more politically active

Latinos now trust politicians even less than before, but have become more politically active

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Over the past two decades, Latinos in America have gone from being told that they did not belong in 2006, that they held the electoral balance of power in 2012, and finally back to rejection again with the election of President Trump in 2016. In new research, Melissa R. Michelson and Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti examine the effects of […]

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    Book Review: Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age by Matthew J. Salganik

Book Review: Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age by Matthew J. Salganik

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In Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik explores the process of undertaking social research in the digital era, examining a wide range of concepts while also offering teaching activities and materials. In bringing together the expertise of social and data scientists to the benefit of both, this is a comprehensive overview of new approaches to social […]

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    Book Review: The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) by Jamie Bartlett

Book Review: The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) by Jamie Bartlett

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In The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It), Jamie Bartlett offers an incisive account of the key challenges that Western democracy faces in light of the growing power of technology companies, presented alongside twenty suggestions for how to save it. While it could attend more to the role of capitalism in fostering such […]

Why the GOP’s anti-immigration politics are here to stay

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Recent years have seen immigration become a new ‘third rail’ in American politics, with positions on undocumented and legal immigration varying on party and regional lines. In new research, Tyler Reny examines US Senate candidates’ appeals on immigration during election campaigns. He finds that Republicans tend to use anti-immigrant appeals and that Democrats are generally more pro-immigrant, and […]

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    In the fight over Republicans’ attitudes towards refugees, President Trump and Fox News are beating religion

In the fight over Republicans’ attitudes towards refugees, President Trump and Fox News are beating religion

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Since the days of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to restrict the number of refugees who come into the United States. Trump’s subsequent efforts to restrict refugees have been opposed vocally by many civil society organizations, including Evangelical groups. But, when religious leaders and the President disagree, who do Republican voters listen […]

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    Independents are less likely to vote for Democratic minority candidates because they think they are more liberal.

Independents are less likely to vote for Democratic minority candidates because they think they are more liberal.

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Why do minorities continue to be underrepresented in the US House of Representatives? In new research, Sarah Fulton and Sarah Allen Gershon investigate the role of race and partisanship in shaping voters’ sense of group identity, and how perceptions of the ideology of minority candidates affects vote-choice. They find that white independent and Republican voters perceive non-white Democratic candidates […]

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    Despite everything, Trump’s support among Republicans is stable, and is likely to stay that way

Despite everything, Trump’s support among Republicans is stable, and is likely to stay that way

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Donald Trump is one of the least popular presidents in recent history – and yet his approval ratings among Republicans remain high. Christopher D. Raymond looks at President Trump’s popularity among the GOP, even as he introduces policies, such as the separation of immigrant children from their families, which many Americans oppose. He writes that up until now Republicans […]

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