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    New research shows how groups often in conflict with each other can be brought closer together

New research shows how groups often in conflict with each other can be brought closer together

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Recent years have seen growing conflicts between groups over issues such as police brutality and immigration. In response to these conflicts, many cities have begun to use a human relations approach to bring people together through dialogue and an emphasis on group identity. Through new survey research, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Brian Robert Calfano and Regina Branton look at the effectiveness of […]

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    Studying how law and order issues are framed has helped to uncover 2016’s shy Trump voters

Studying how law and order issues are framed has helped to uncover 2016’s shy Trump voters

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In the 2016 election, Donald Trump appealed to many white voters’ concerns about crime through dog whistle rhetoric. Did Trump’s use of this racist rhetoric mean that many of those who did vote for him were unwilling to admit their support in the lead up to the election? In new research, Kevin H. Wozniak, Brian R. Calfano, and Kevin […]

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    How the ‘ESPN effect’ of framing politics as a conflict benefits more combative candidates like Trump and Sanders

How the ‘ESPN effect’ of framing politics as a conflict benefits more combative candidates like Trump and Sanders

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For many observers, how we discuss politics is beginning to have more and more common with the rhetoric of sports. In the 2016 election, candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders adopted a more adversarial style. Lori Cox Han and Brian Calfano examine how a more head-to-head campaign style influences voters, finding that both Trump and Sanders benefit if […]

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