Elections and party politics across the US

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    When judges draw Congressional districts, they often favor their own party

When judges draw Congressional districts, they often favor their own party

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In the United States, Congressional boundaries are drawn at the state level, either by the courts, independent commissions, or by the state legislatures themselves. While judge-drawn district lines have been shown to lead to more competitive elections, in new research, Jordan Carr Peterson finds that when they are drawn by Democratic judges, they often favor that party’s interests by […]

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    Primary Primers: Why a little bit of populism may be a good thing for the Democrats’ 2020 candidates

Primary Primers: Why a little bit of populism may be a good thing for the Democrats’ 2020 candidates

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In the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump’s populism helped to elevate him to the White House. Now, with the Democratic presidential primaries fast approaching, Rubrick Biegon looks at whether populism may pay a part in the left’s political strategies. He comments that Trump has firmly planted American populism on the right and that in their personal attacks on him, […]

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    Primary Primers: Why Joe Biden’s polling lead for the Democratic nomination may be more tenuous than many believe

Primary Primers: Why Joe Biden’s polling lead for the Democratic nomination may be more tenuous than many believe

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As we head into the first round of debates between the candidates for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden has a commanding polling lead over the other contenders. Ronald Ranta writes that Biden’s polling lead may in fact be masking a fragile position. As the field narrows, he argues, Biden may lose ground to […]

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    Here are three strategies of deceptive communication to be on the lookout for as the 2020 presidential election rolls forward

Here are three strategies of deceptive communication to be on the lookout for as the 2020 presidential election rolls forward

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As we head into the 2020 presidential election, Gustav Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer reflect on how many candidates are often not always completely truthful or accurate in what they say to prospective voters. They give an overview of the different types of deceptive communication candidates may engage in in order to cultivate a favorable impression. From lying to bullshitting to […]

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    The imperial audacity of Trump’s magical thinking is nothing new for the US presidency

The imperial audacity of Trump’s magical thinking is nothing new for the US presidency

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Recent months have seen the escalation of Donald Trump’s appetite for magical thinking, particularly with respect to winning trade wars and masterminding regime change in Iran. Unfortunately, as Ron Pruessen suggests, Trump is not unique in the history of US foreign policy in his periodic divorce from reality.

As the war with Iraq was starting in 2003, the story goes […]

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    Today’s voter suppression in the South can trace a line back to the Jim Crow laws and lynchings of the 19th and 20th centuries

Today’s voter suppression in the South can trace a line back to the Jim Crow laws and lynchings of the 19th and 20th centuries

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For many, democracy is at the cornerstone of the United States, and yet in many Southern states, voter suppression occurs in election after election. In new research, Brad Epperly finds that in the pre-Jim Crow era, lynchings were much more likely in the lead up to an election, and that this relationship disappeared once Jim Crow laws were in […]

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    Worried about the amount of money in politics? Don’t blame large corporations or their leaders

Worried about the amount of money in politics? Don’t blame large corporations or their leaders

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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that outside groups could spend money without limits on US political campaigns, opening the door to massive increases in independent campaign expenditures in the years that have followed. In new research Wendy Hansen and Michael Rocca find that despite concerns over the rise of corporate influence on politics, much of this increase in […]

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    Primary Primers: Why California is set to matter even more in the 2020 election

Primary Primers: Why California is set to matter even more in the 2020 election

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The Golden State is the most populated in the US, has the largest GDP, and importantly, is likely to have the most primary delegates in the 2020 Democratic nomination contest. Peter Finn and Robert Ledger write that by moving its presidential primary from June to March, the Democratic-dominated state is now poised to play a significant role in determining […]

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    In presidential primaries, voters matter, but the parties prevail

In presidential primaries, voters matter, but the parties prevail

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With the 2020 presidential primary election season fast approaching, Caitlin E. Jewitt looks at how the reforms of the last 50 years have changed the way parties and voters choose who becomes a presidential nominee. Examining four decades’ worth of primary election data, she finds that rather than quickly deciding the nomination, moving states’ presidential primaries forward helps more […]

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    Women candidates in the US are running better campaigns than men

Women candidates in the US are running better campaigns than men

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In new research, David Niven, Anwar Mhajne and Alexis Straka find that, in general, compared to men, women candidates are more likely to answer voters’ questions in vague and less specific ways, a tactic which is linked to greater chances of winning elections. They comment that given that women draw votes at the same rates as men, they may […]

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