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    Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections

Political polarization and negative campaign ads may have increased turnout in presidential elections

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The 1964 election marked the beginning of a prolonged decline in presidential election turnout lasting through the 1990s. Recent analysis of American presidential election turnout from 1952 to 2020, however, reveals an increase previously expected by election scholars. In new research, Francine Romero and David Romero find that the downturn, while real, masked phenomena which were, in the background, […]

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    For some justice system-involved young people, shorter case processing times can reduce their chance of re-arrest

For some justice system-involved young people, shorter case processing times can reduce their chance of re-arrest

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In the US juvenile justice system, the time that young people wait between arrest or referral to the final outcome of their case is largely unregulated. In new research, Abigail Novak and Elizabeth Hartsell examine the effects of case processing time on youth re-arrest rates. They find that context is important: females and low-risk youth on diversion, and detained […]

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    Facing reduced revenues because of COVID-19, many local governments ignored best practices and returned to strategies from past recessions to make cuts.

Facing reduced revenues because of COVID-19, many local governments ignored best practices and returned to strategies from past recessions to make cuts.

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In the spring of 2020, in addition to the COVID-19 public health emergency, US state governments were also facing budgetary crises as revenue sources such as sales and fees fell as lockdowns began. Using North Carolina as a case study, Whitney Afonso looks at municipalities’ budget strategies in the face of falling revenues. Rather than following best practice by […]

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    Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

Why the results of today’s California recall election could have national implications

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California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom will today try to avoid becoming the second leader of the state in two decades to have his position recalled. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the motivation behind the recall, what the process entails, and the potential implications for California—and the country.
What’s the impetus behind the California recall?
The push for Governor Gavin Newsom’s […]

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    Respectability politics doesn’t increase straight support for LGB rights

Respectability politics doesn’t increase straight support for LGB rights

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Does showcasing LGBTQ people as being in ‘respectable’ heteronormative relationships increase support for the LGBTQ movement? In new research, Phil Jones examines how straight people react to LGB people who are portrayed as not being respectably monogamous. He finds that straight people’s feelings of similarity with, and support for, LGB people are largely unaffected by the relationship type they […]

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    Book Review: What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News? by Nick Anstead

Book Review: What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News? by Nick Anstead

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In What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Fake News?, Nick Anstead explores what we mean by fake news and possible ways to address it. Situating fake news in its historical context and providing clear and brief summaries of the current scholarly work on the subject, this concise book will provide a solid touchpoint for people looking to understand […]

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    Book Review: Meddling in the Ballot Box: The Causes and Effects of Partisan Electoral Interventions by Dov H. Levin

Book Review: Meddling in the Ballot Box: The Causes and Effects of Partisan Electoral Interventions by Dov H. Levin

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In Meddling in the Ballot Box: The Causes and Effects of Partisan Electoral Interventions, Dov H. Levin explores the effects, causes and history of electoral interference, analysing all national-level executive elections between 1946 and 2000 in which the US or the USSR/Russia mounted interventions. The book’s disciplined and thoughtful analysis will shape our understanding of election meddling and its implications for […]

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    Leasing a licence to drive a taxi or giving a cut of the fares to a ride-sharing company?

Leasing a licence to drive a taxi or giving a cut of the fares to a ride-sharing company?

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Taxi drivers in the United States pay upfront to buy or lease a medallion and keep the fares for themselves. With Uber or Lyft drivers, instead, no medallion is required, but they must pay a proportion of the fares to the ride-share companies. Sydnee Caldwell and colleagues conducted a series of experiments and found a strong aversion to the medallion lease […]

September 11th, 2021|Economy, Sydnee Caldwell|0 Comments|
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    Movie studios are good neighbors – if you like rising house prices

Movie studios are good neighbors – if you like rising house prices

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The growth in the film industry outside Hollywood raises questions about its impact on local communities. Using Atlanta Georgia, as a case study, Velma Zahirovic-Herbert examines how the opening of film production studios influences surrounding house values. She finds that studios tend to be located in lower-priced neighborhoods and are linked to increases in surrounding house prices following their […]

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    Evidence from Philadelphia shows that eviction destabilizes communities and may lead to increased crime rates in US cities

Evidence from Philadelphia shows that eviction destabilizes communities and may lead to increased crime rates in US cities

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Every year, more than two million Americans face eviction. In addition to the negative implications of eviction for individuals and families, using data from Philadelphia, Daniel Semenza finds that higher rates of eviction correspond to greater rates of homicide, robbery, and burglary across communities. He highlights strategies to reduce evictions, including making renters aware of their rights, providing a […]

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