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Political advertising is not polarizing the American public

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There is little doubt that American politics has become more partisan and acrimonious in recent decades. While there are many potential sources of this rise in polarization, many point to the growth in political advertising as one potential cause. By combining survey and advertising data from US media markets, Travis N. Ridout, Erika Franklin Fowler, Michael Franz, and Ken […]

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    How the design of housing vouchers can help those on low incomes to live in neighborhoods they prefer.

How the design of housing vouchers can help those on low incomes to live in neighborhoods they prefer.

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For many in the US, the rent is still too high – more than a quarter of US renters pay more than half of their income on housing, and ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. In new research, Judy Geyer examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live. She finds that when the maximum […]

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    Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

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Over the last 20 years, US schools have widely adopted annual student testing, a move which many researchers believe may have been of little benefit to students’ educational outcomes. Julian R. Betts, Youjin Hahn and Andrew C. Zau examine the impact of a different type of mathematics testing – one which is aimed at determining students’ strengths and weaknesses […]

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    Despite very different beginnings, China and America now have a great deal in common in how social policy provision is organized

Despite very different beginnings, China and America now have a great deal in common in how social policy provision is organized

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At the beginning of the latter half of the 20th century, policy approaches in China and the US to providing social benefits, such as education and health care, were very different. China’s model was one of centralized control, while in the US a state-based approach to implementing social policies was favored. In new research, Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, Shih-Jiunn […]

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    A new interactive tool can show us just how polarised Congress has become

A new interactive tool can show us just how polarised Congress has become

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Advances in data analysis and visualization now mean that members of the public can be far more informed about the intricacies of politics and the records of those who represent them. Gokhan Ciflikli discusses his new interactive tool, adavis, which shows seven decades of data on Congressional voting records and which allows users to examine how party and politicians’ ideologies have […]

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    For low income minority women in Detroit, traveling to meet their family’s needs is a daily battle.

For low income minority women in Detroit, traveling to meet their family’s needs is a daily battle.

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In recent years, for many the city of Detroit has been a poster child for America’s rust belt decline. And while the urban core of the city has been consolidating, it still presents many challenges for those who need to travel within it. Jieun Lee, Igor Vojnovic, and Sue C. Grady explore the class and racial elements of these […]

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    Book Review: Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by Stephen Lee Naish

Book Review: Deconstructing Dirty Dancing by Stephen Lee Naish

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In Deconstructing Dirty Dancing, Stephen Lee Naish unpacks the enduring popularity of the film Dirty Dancing, released to mixed reviews in 1987 before going on to become a global hit. Offering a comparative study of the film with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet before a scene-by-scene analysis and reflections on the film’s personal resonance for the author, the book is […]

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    Book Review: Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse and Political Identity by Jennifer Sclafani

Book Review: Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse and Political Identity by Jennifer Sclafani

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In Talking Donald Trump: A Sociolinguistic Study of Style, Metadiscourse and Political Identity, Jennifer Sclafani offers a sociocultural linguistic analysis of the language utilised by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, drawing on speeches, debates and interviews as well as popular reactions and parodies. While this is a useful starting point for scholars looking to understand the impact of Trump’s linguistic […]

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    Private firms as global borrowers: foreign and domestic lenders need equal protection

Private firms as global borrowers: foreign and domestic lenders need equal protection

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Domestic protection alone spurs firms to default abroad first, risking credit constraints, writes Xiang Gao.

The period 1990 to 2009 has witnessed private firms being promoted as independent borrowers in the global capital market. For a sample of 85 emerging market economies, in terms of percentage measures, the private sector publicly non-guaranteed share of total external debt on average increased […]

January 13th, 2018|Economy, Xiang Gao|0 Comments|
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    State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

State of the States for 12 January: Chris Christie takes a victory lap, Virginia Democrats out of options, and the brawl for San Francisco mayor

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In New Hampshire this week, Granite Grok names and shames the 33 Republicans in the state legislature who voted alongside Democrats for the state’s Paid Family Lead Act. They accuse them of being Republicans In Name Only – or RINOs – for helping state Democrats to pass “yet […]

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