John V. Kane

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    Donald Trump has escaped criticism for the $2 Trillion Covid-19 stimulus. A Democratic president would not have. 

Donald Trump has escaped criticism for the $2 Trillion Covid-19 stimulus. A Democratic president would not have. 

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Last week President Trump signed an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at protecting workers and businesses threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps equally surprising was the relative lack of opposition from Republicans, who at other times are opposed to increased government spending and growing deficits. Drawing on their work on how party-supporters feel about budget deficits and how the media […]

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    Americans start caring more about deficits and the national debt when the party they oppose runs them up.

Americans start caring more about deficits and the national debt when the party they oppose runs them up.

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In the past two decades, US budget deficits have skyrocketed, and the national debt is now over $22 trillion. But do Americans care about the size of deficits and the national debt? In new research, John V. Kane and Ian G. Anson find that people tend to care more about the deficits and debts when they are increased by […]

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    Why it’s good for bipartisanship when politicians publicly ignore and reject their own party’s base

Why it’s good for bipartisanship when politicians publicly ignore and reject their own party’s base

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Politicians must often walk a fine line with their rhetoric in order to avoid offending important groups – and this need is no different where the “base” of their party is concerned. John V. Kane has previously found that when a politician actually works to upset their base, this can lead to more support from those in the opposing […]

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