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    More than ever, Congress was forming super-majorities to circumvent the possibility of a presidential veto when political interests were at stake

More than ever, Congress was forming super-majorities to circumvent the possibility of a presidential veto when political interests were at stake

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While the President is seen as having the final say in all US policymaking, congressionally formed veto-proof supermajorities are occurred more frequently on important issues between 1981-2008. Data collected by Linda Fowler and Bryan W. Marshall examine the paradox this pattern presents; partisan divisions that traditionally made legislation difficult to pass also provided mechanisms for enhanced party control […]

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    More attention must be given to whether universities hold the same social and moral obligations as people

More attention must be given to whether universities hold the same social and moral obligations as people

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Recent debate on whether corporations should be given the same rights as people has brought many to wonder whether university institutions should be treated the same way. Stjepan Oreskovic, Sebastian Porsdam Mann and Julie Reuben argue that more attention must be given to whether universities can be held to have moral obligations or social responsibilities and what implications this may have.

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    President Trump’s approval ratings are being driven down by his ‘tweetstorms’

President Trump’s approval ratings are being driven down by his ‘tweetstorms’

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Presidential approval ratings are seen as critical to leveraging Congress, and are therefore important to any President who wishes to achieve legislative reform. Traditionally, Presidents have experienced a ‘honeymoon’ of initially high approval ratings – President Trump has bucked this trend with unprecedentedly low approval ratings for a new President. In new analysis, Dan Cassino finds that each of […]

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    Profound partisanship, rather than early voting, may have guaranteed Greg Gianforte’s success in Montana amidst assault charges

Profound partisanship, rather than early voting, may have guaranteed Greg Gianforte’s success in Montana amidst assault charges

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Amidst allegations of assault against a Guardian reporter just days before the election, it was speculated that Republican candidate for Montana’s sole House of Representative seat, Greg Gianforte, would suffer at the ballot box. However, though the nature of Montana’s early voting system led some to argue Gianforte would only experience a smaller backlash from voters (given that many […]

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    Presidents more likely to represent the concerns of white Americans than black Americans in speeches, yet Obama proves to be exception to rule

Presidents more likely to represent the concerns of white Americans than black Americans in speeches, yet Obama proves to be exception to rule

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Using data from Gallup Poll’s “most important problem” question from 1969 to 2012 Melinda R. Tarsi, Jesse H. Rhodes, and Tatishe M. Nteta were able to evaluate whether Presidents addressed issues of importance to African Americans when delivering speeches to the public. Despite views held by many that Obama failed to represent black interests while in the White House, […]

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    Five minutes with Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the fight for online privacy and security

Five minutes with Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the fight for online privacy and security

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The US non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) champions user privacy, free expression and innovation, which they see as civil liberties. The EFF fights cases in court, publishes papers and develops privacy technology. An LSE and University of Michigan alumna, Executive Director Cindy Cohn was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, and has received a number […]

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    The use of gendered language in speeches made by Trump and Clinton adhered to stereotypes of the roles of male and female leaders

The use of gendered language in speeches made by Trump and Clinton adhered to stereotypes of the roles of male and female leaders

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Speeches delivered by Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign contained many uses of gendered language. David McGuire, Abbi MacKenzie and Heather Kissack evaluate the use of first person singular pronouns, anger, swear words, cognitive language and tentative wording to develop an insight into how both candidates delivered important messages and framed their public […]

Why populism is a threat to electoral integrity

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Following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, a great deal of political commentary has focused on the rise of populism and its possible impact on Western democracies. Pippa Norris argues that populism heightens the risk of electoral malpractice in three distinct ways: by damaging public trust in democracy, by undermining international standards of electoral integrity, and by […]

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    The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

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If democracy is to be representative, then public policies should reflect what the public wants. But how do we determine whether or not this is the case? Christopher Wlezien takes a close look at policy representation, arguing that it can be very hard to assess given that support for and opposition to a specific policy may not reflect what […]

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    Southern Blacks who feel powerless and disadvantaged are less likely to support immigration

Southern Blacks who feel powerless and disadvantaged are less likely to support immigration

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Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory and subsequent presidential administration have been marked by increasingly harsh rhetoric against immigrants, especially those from Latin America. In new research, Betina Cutaia Wilkinson and Natasha Bingham examine the attitudes of African Americans living in the South towards immigrants. They find that when Southern blacks feel powerless, disadvantaged and sense that their group is […]

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