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Political Science News
December 7, 2019

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'Mental Rigidity' at Root of Intense Political Partisanship on Both Left and Right, Study Finds

New research shows that reduced cognitive flexibility is associated with more 'extreme' beliefs and identities at both ends of the political ... read more

Fake News Can Lead to False Memories

Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the findings ... read more

When More Women Make Decisions, the Environment Wins

When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more - particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new ... read more

Democracy Linked to Global Health Gains in Low-, Middle-Income Countries

A new study suggests that a better way to measure the role of democracy in public health is to examine the causes of adult mortality, such as noncommunicable diseases, HIV, cardiovascular disease and ... read more
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US Public Views on Climate and Energy

Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment. And most believe the US should focus on development of alternative sources of energy over ... read more

Applying Biodiversity Conservation Research in Practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is ... read more

Voters Agree With Polls That Favor Their Candidates

With the presidential election a year away, pollsters will barrage the country with poll questions to get the pulse of the voters about the ... read more

Politics: Being Attractive Helps, but It Isn't Everything

The question may be as old as democracy itself: are physically attractive people elected more often than less attractive opponents? Scientists have found out that looking good can at least partly ... read more

'Information Gerrymandering' Poses a Threat to Democratic Decision Making

Concern over fake news and online trolls is widespread and warranted, but researchers have identified another impediment to the free flow of information in social networks. The phenomenon, which they ... read more

Music Charts Are Increasingly Short-Lived

Cultural processes are increasingly short-lived, showing in addition a growing tendency toward self-organization. As a result, success is now governed by a universal law. This was discovered by the ... read more

It's Not You, It's the Network

The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the ... read more

How Picture Books Introduce Kids to Politics

Researchers have analyzed political messages in some of the most popular picture books of the last several years to see how political topics are introduced to ... read more

Climate Undermined by Lobbying

For all the evidence that the benefits of reducing greenhouse gases outweigh the costs of regulation, disturbingly few domestic climate change policies have been enacted around the world so ... read more

Do You Trust Politicians? Depends on How You Define Trust

For decades, political scientists have measured the public's trust in the federal government consistently, using measures that are largely unchanged since the 1960s -- despite the momentous ... read more

Echo Chambers May Not Be as Dangerous as You Think, New Study Finds

New research shows that collective intelligence -- peer learning within social networks -- can increase belief accuracy even in politically homogeneous ... read more

Public Dread of Nuclear Power Limits Its Use

Nuclear power has been a part of the American energy portfolio since the 1950s, but for a number of reasons, the general public has long felt a significant dread about ... read more

Logical Reasoning: An Antidote or a Poison for Political Disagreement?

New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation, tribal instincts kick in and people's ability to think logically suffers when it comes ... read more

Federal Subsidies for US Commercial Fisheries Should Be Rejected, Analysis Concludes

A pending rule change proposed by the US National Marine Fisheries Service would allow the use of public funds to underwrite low-interest loans for the construction of new commercial fishing vessels. ... read more

Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump, Now Regrouped, Releases Its Report

A federal advisory committee started meeting in 2016 to explore how to make the National Climate Assessment more usable for communities who want to take action. President Trump dismissed the panel in ... read more

The Whisper Room: Moderates on Twitter Are Losing Their Voice

A researcher finds that partisan users form highly partisan social networks on Twitter, moderate users -- or those less politically engaged -- continue to avoid politics, potentially creating an ... read more

Social Media Has Remarkably Small Impact on Americans' Beliefs, Research Finds

Social media had only a small influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates and issues in the last two presidential elections, a pair of new national studies found. And Facebook ... read more

First Reputation-Based Blockchain Guarantees Security Against 51 Percent Attacks

Researchers have proposed the first blockchain system to guarantee proper performance even when more than 51 percent of the system's computing power is controlled by an ... read more

How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

Democracy Fosters Economic Growth, Study Finds

A new study shows that when it comes to growth, democracy significantly increases development. Indeed, countries switching to democratic rule experience a 20 percent increase in GDP over a 25-year ... read more

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