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Are women voters more likely to vote for female candidates?
Most people assume that women voters will automatically support female candidates with their votes, a phenomenon known as (2008-03-31)

The crisis in Kenya: 1 conflict among others
Some conflicts, such as the one between Israel and Palestine, are at the forefront of the media scene and tend to obscure other no less violent crises. In Africa, there are many conflicts running that are less known to the public. These troubles include the crisis in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. IRD research is under way on all these situations, because the fuel for these conflicts lies in unequal distribution of wealth and the development-related problems faced by the countries involved. (2008-03-20)

Student Pugwash USA launches science policy election guide for young voters
Addressing questions about climate change, energy security, and other concerns expressed by young voters in a recent survey, Student Pugwash USA launched (2008-03-10)

New study examines the price of democracy when foreign investors 'vote' with their dollars
A new study by University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management professor Paul Vaaler indicates that when emerging-market countries hold elections they may be determining more than their new government. Vaaler's research concludes that other foreign constituencies, or multinational corporations considering multi-million dollar investments, respond quite predictably to shifting partisan political tides during election years in emerging-market countries. The study is featured in the February issue of the Academy of Management Journal. (2008-02-28)

Is political orientation transmitted genetically?
As reported in this week's issue of (2008-02-05)

Cross ownership has positive effect on local media coverage, MU researcher finds
A study at the University of Missouri found that cross-owned television stations produce a greater percentage of local programming news content when compared to other network-affiliated stations in the same market. Cross-owned stations also show 7 to 10 percent more local news and offer about 25 percent more coverage of local and state politics. (2008-01-23)

Requiring photo ID has little effect on voter turnout, MU study finds
With the 2008 presidential election less than a year away, many states are working to require photo identification from all voters in an attempt to curb illegal voting. Critics argue that the requirement is unconstitutional and will ultimately reduce participation in elections. However, a recent study of Indiana's photo ID law, conducted by a University of Missouri professor, found that requiring identification doesn't have much impact on voter turnout rates. (2007-12-31)

Subliminal messages can influence us in surprising ways
Flag waving is a metaphor for stirring up the public towards adopting a more nationalistic, generally hard-line stance. Indeed, (2007-12-27)

Oldest Nobel Prize winner in history to receive award via simulcast
University of Minnesota Regents Professor Emeritus Leonid Hurwicz will be presented the Nobel Prize in Economics during a simulcast of the award ceremony from Stockholm beginning at 9:20 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10 in the Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2106 Fourth St. S., Minneapolis. The live ceremony from Sweden will be projected on a large screen set up on the concert hall stage. (2007-12-07)

Political scientists examine voter confidence in electoral administration, make recommendations
A new study by political scientists examines voter confidence in the local administration of US elections and finds the quality of voters' experience with the voting process is key to bolstering confidence in the election system -- along with the casting a ballot on Election Day and the use of voting machines with verifiable results. (2007-11-05)

Voter turnout in US elections not increased by early voting measures
Early voting measures are touted by election reform advocates as a principal way of increasing voter turnout, but a new empirical study by political scientists concludes that most early voting options have a negligible or even negative impact on turnout. (2007-10-31)

To determine election outcomes, study says snap judgments are sufficient
A split-second glance at two candidates' faces is often enough to determine which one will win an election, according to a Princeton University study. Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov has demonstrated that quick facial judgments can accurately predict real-world election returns. Todorov has taken some of his previous research that showed that people unconsciously judge the competence of an unfamiliar face within a tenth of a second, and he has moved it to the political arena. (2007-10-22)

Advisory -- World's largest gathering for the study of politics in Chicago Labor Day weekend
The 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association will convene from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Chicago, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of political scientists and observers of politics, and 7,000 participants are expected to attend 730 panel sessions and events. (2007-08-09)

Review finds potential flaws in voting systems
Flaws that leave electronic voting machines vulnerable to security attacks were discovered by University of California researchers as part of an unprecedented (2007-07-30)

The unexpected consensus among voting methods
Voting methods have courted controversy in both popular and scientific debate. But new research published in Psychological Science suggests that there may be more similarities than differences among voting procedures. (2007-07-30)

Democrats may be hurt by anti-war divisions in 2008
Cooperation between diverse antiwar groups helped the Democratic Party in the 2006 congressional elections. However, the changing relationship between the Democratic Party and the antiwar activists could hurt the Democrats in the upcoming 2008 presidential election, according to research published in the current issue of American Politics Research from SAGE. (2007-07-13)

Book says American Indian vote could influence 2008 presidential election
American Indian voters are poised to begin playing a much bigger role in election politics, if past trends are any indication. That's just one of the conclusions in a new book titled (2007-05-22)

Participation by physicians in the voting process is unimpressive
With healthcare issues returning to the forefront of public attention, physicians might be expected to participate in elections at a relatively high rate. In the first study of physician voter turnout, to be presented at the 2007 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, evidence suggests that physician participation in the political process has declined over the past few decades. (2007-05-16)

Younger Scots and Welsh may become more likely to support Nationalist parties
Generational change is contributing to a decline in British national pride with young people in Scotland and Wales likely to become increasingly responsive to nationalist parties, a study sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council shows. (2007-05-04)

E-activism: Analysis of black bloggers in the blogosphere
In the first scholarly research examining the role of black bloggers, Brown University's Antoinette Pole found that bloggers of color are using this burgeoning medium to encourage political participation and activism. She also found that black bloggers do not feel discriminated against or excluded by other bloggers. Her findings appear in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. (2007-04-09)

MSU expert: See scientists run -- for school board
To improve science literacy, a scientist can teach. But a scientist can also run. National science literacy expert and Michigan State University professor Jon Miller is having a running clinic at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. The goal is to inspire, educate and arm scientists to run for school boards. (2007-02-12)

Scandinavian Journal of Economics pays tribute to the rise of political economics.
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics is proud to pay tribute to the rise of political economics with a special issue that brings together invited contributions from some of the top academics in the field. (2007-01-30)

New study: Mexican political polarization limited to elites despite contested 2006 election
New research by political scientists challenges the belief, widespread following the hotly contested 2006 presidential election, that Mexican society is divided by deep political divisions. The findings conclude that claims of such divisions are unsupported by recent field research and that a better understanding of the state of Mexican democracy depends on improved observation of politics among Mexico's political elite -- which are more polarized now than at any time since 1988. (2007-01-24)

'Deserving Poor' or 'Greedy Geezers'? New book debunks aging crisis
Despite the impending retirement of 76 million baby boomers, huge government deficits and unrelenting battles over Social Security, the United States is not facing a demographic tsunami, according to a new book by two leading experts on the economics and politics of aging. (2006-11-17)

ACP commends CMS plan to increase values assigned to evaluation and management codes
The American College of Physicians today commended the increase in payments for Evaluation and Management services included in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule for the 2007 Physician Fee Schedule, published on November 1. (2006-11-03)

World Health Organization Director-General elections dogged by misconceived allegations
In an editorial in this week's issue, the Lancet calls on the executive board of the World Health Organization to dismiss the misconceived allegations that have been made against a number of candidates running for the position of next Director-General. (2006-11-02)

Health care not playing major role in 2006 election but possible factor in close races
Analysis of 11 national opinion surveys finds health care not playing major role in 2006 election, but possible factor in close races. Voters trust Democrats over Republicans on health issues. (2006-11-01)

Political scientists' models predict Democratic takeover of House of Representatives
Election forecasting models completed by political scientists months before recent events predict significant Democratic gains in the 2006 midterm elections, including a likely 22 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 2-3 seats in the U.S. Senate. The predictions appear in the October 2006 issue of PS: Political Science and Politics, a journal of the American Political Science Association, and are available online. (2006-10-17)

Julio Frenk should be the front-runner in elections for Director-General of the WHO
Based on his experience, skills, and vision for WHO, Julio Frenk must surely be the objective front-runner in the elections for a new Director-General of the organization, states Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet, in a comment in this week's issue. (2006-10-05)

Lancet's coverage of the World Health Organization Director-General election
The Lancet begins its coverage of WHO's Director-General elections by publishing profiles of each of the recently named candidates in this week's World Report. (2006-09-14)

Researchers reveal 'extremely serious' vulnerabilities in e-voting machines
In a paper published on the Web today, a group of Princeton computer scientists said they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected. (2006-09-13)

The myth of the 'security mom' and other insights from 'Gapology'
Recent studies of the 2004 election data by political scientists assess the role and impact of major sets of differences in the voting behavior of Americans -- known in popular parlance as (2006-07-28)

Hurricane Katrina reshaped political map of New Orleans, report says
As the Big Easy heads into a mayoral runoff this month between incumbent Ray Nagin and Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landreiu, the city may elect a white mayor for the first time in nearly thirty years. A report released by Brown University sociologist John Logan says Hurricane Katrina has reshaped the political map of New Orleans. He found the voice of black neighborhoods has been diminished -- a result, he says, that should have been foreseen. (2006-05-01)

Liverpool report urges local democracy review
Unelected bodies control up to 60 percent of all public spending in local authority areas, new research carried out by the University of Liverpool has revealed. (2006-03-13)

Bush record on human rights in 2005
In its third annual report on the human rights practices of United States presidential administrations, the Center on Democratic Performance (CDP) at Binghamton University, State University of New York, gives President Bush a (2006-02-23)

National experts to examine effectiveness of public campaign funding
Campaign finance experts from around the nation will meet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Jan. 28-29 to gauge how well public election funding programs work and whether clean election programs increase competition, reduce the influence of special interests or change government policy. (2005-12-05)

Think political spending got 'reformed?' Just try running for Senate
The minimum price tag for most US Senate seats has risen to $10 million, according to political researchers. (2005-12-05)

EMBO elects 40 top researchers to its membership
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announces the election of 40 leading life scientists to its membership. Each member has been elected on the basis of proven excellence in research and joins the ranks of over 1,200 of Europe's foremost researchers. (2005-10-24)

Dartmouth professor warns of misuse of mapping technology in political redistricting
Dartmouth researcher says the mapping technology of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a powerful political tool, but it does not resolve the basic conflict of how to create voting districts that are both representative and competitive. (2005-10-17)

Lessons from 2004 point the way in 2008 election
In a scholarly assessment of the 2004 presidential election, University at Buffalo political science professor and election forecaster James E. Campbell, Ph.D., makes several observations about what trends may influence the 2008 contest. (2005-08-17)

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