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Research in political science - the scientific study of politics. It deals with systems of governance, and the analysis of political activities, political thought, political behavior, and associated constitutions and laws.

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Voter turnout and confidence in results

A vote in my university had 2800 eligible voters, 16.8% turnout, and 54.7% of yays. Many people on both sides are wondering if the small electorate, low turnout, and narrow margin means the results ...
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What are the pros and cons of ranked-choice voting compared to first-past-the-post voting?

What are the pros and cons of ranked-choice voting (RCV) compared to first-past-the-post voting (FPTP), supported by research? Notes: I prefer answers supported by evidence, with data from actual ...
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Are there any good articles on the topic of how political influence differs from individual to individual?

I'm an industry professional writing a journal article about a certain kind of misinformation that is circulating on the internet. My current reasoning is that public opinion shapes policy decisions ...
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Should one use incentives when measuring voter preferences?

Suppose you are using a survey to measure voter preferences towards binary policy issues (e.g. whether to increase taxes, whether to legalise gay marriage, whether to start a war...) The simplest ...
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How can we add by standard to opinion polls a "This is a stupid question" option? [closed]

Standard opinion polls include after the options related to the question also a "Don't know/No answer" option. But often responders who choose that option had a feeling that the poll was ...
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Is there research towards how conservatives parties in Europe benefit from using right-wing populism?

I was wondering if there was political science research into if there is a correlation between politicians copying narratives of right-wing parties. And, ideally also if this is successful in winning ...
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What evidence is there to show that the UK has become more polarised in recent years?

Anecdotally, I have found it to be taken as a given that currently, the UK is in one of its most politically polarised times; whether that is from newspapers, or from the opinion of my social circle. ...
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Is the "leftist" tendency in academia restricted to humanities?

This answer to a question about "leftist" academia led me to wonder if the observed tendency towards more progressive and liberal views in more educated people is a product of a chance drift ...
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Has there been research on the effects of the Presidential Records Act on White House decision making?

The Presidential Records Act mandates the preservation of all presidential records. At least in theory this means that the only Presidential communications immune from further scrutiny are phone calls ...
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How can one efficiently find primary sources of propaganda in order to research it?

Global affairs analyst Susan Glasser encourages studying Putin's ~17 March 2022 speech in its entirety: It's really gone in the other direction. Rather than oligarchs having a say over Vladimir Putin,...
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What had the Russian government to gain from the late 2021 military build up and threatening possible invasion of Ukraine?

I tried to find a clear answer from the media (too many examples to list here, search for Russia-Ukraine conflict in the news), but could not quickly find good, comprehensive answer with non-...
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Ethnicity in the USA [closed]

As a European, I am confused about the use of names for ethnicities in the US. The background of my question is academic (I usually work with quantitative data on ethnicity on other continents, mostly ...
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What explains the durability of Arab monarchies?

I can't seem to wrap my head around how the Arab monarchies have faced little to no resistance to their respective regimes. On both a domestic and international front, these monarchies have beaten ...
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Seeking a study claiming that a successful coup d’etat only requires a small percentage of the population

I remember coming across a study, possibly featured in a John Oliver segment, that found that a successful coup needs only a surprisingly small percentage of the population; I think it was like 1-3% ...
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How do these different methods of measuring the closeness of an election compare to each other?

Suppose we have an election held over multiple districts (e.g., a first-past-the-post legislative election, or a US-presidential style electoral college). There are several ways you could measure how ...
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Does stronger geographic representation lead to stronger regional identities?

Are there any studies which would conclude whether stronger geographic representation in voting systems is a significant contributor to strong regional identities in a country?
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Free websites to help me find influential or contentious local court cases?

I am looking for free websites that contain (potentially partial) catalogs of state and local court cases in the United States, and allows me to filter and/or sort by any of the following: The vote ...
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Is there a (reasonably) world-wide quantitative survey of malapportionment in legislative chambers?

By malapportionment I mean the non-proportional allocation of representatives to population by geographical units. Wikipedia has a rather terrible article on the topic, which, while enumerating and ...
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Is there any study linking ignorance to political preference?

I was talking with a friend of mine and we got to a realisation that ignorant people (those uneducated) tend to look for the politicians of a specific side of the political spectrum in contrast to the ...
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What might "behavioral microtargeting with psychographic messaging" mean, in the context of political action committee research?

The New York Times article Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data includes the passage: In the two years that followed, Mr. Bolton’s super PAC spent nearly $1.2 million ...
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Mathematical models for political platforms

I've been looking for resources which analyze the various political platforms using mathematical models. For example, the idea of "democratic socialism" seems to be based on a model of wealth ...
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Are there any statistics on the socio-economic background on affirmitive action college admissions

I am wondering whether the affirmative action admission scholarships to college in the US handed out to minorities based on race or similar, goes to applicants from a poor background. The reason for ...
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To what degree do Americans think of Europe as a singular political and cultural entity?

Often when I read questions here, people often used the word "Europe", and ask what politics are like "in Europe", and how voters are like "in Europe", and how cultural differences influence politics "...
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Does gerrymandering risk tidal wave reversal?

The voting population of gerrymandered districts is distributed so as to provide "safe" margins of victory in many districts while "wasting" opposition votes concentrated in a few districts. What ...
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What sort of evidence exists that higher salaries for political offices attract better candidates?

Legislators sometimes raise their own pay while claiming that it helps them do a better job and attracts better candidates. Sometimes the pay raises are justified with seemingly scientific claims. ...
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Does a greater margin of victory in the popular vote convert to political capital?

Is there any evidence to suggest that, all things being equal, a US president who wins election by a greater margin of the popular vote is able to push his/her agenda further or govern more ...
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Limit to utility of campaign funds

I'm looking for research on the utility of campaign money, specifically in USA elections. Is there a point at which more money doesn't significantly increase a candidates chance of winning? How would ...
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Does commentary on interviews have more effect on voters than interviews themselves?

I was watching the following reaction video from The Thick of It. Which got me thinking: has there been any research (probably meta-research involving other studies) on whether commentary is more ...
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How can the impact of changing the Brazilian capital be analyzed?

Around 50 years ago Brasília became the capital of Brazil. The distances between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - where the biggest part of the population live - from Brasília are big enough to have ...
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Who does political Intelligence analysis?

Is there a political Science study that looks at things like a country that is going through or has gone through a civil war or revolution and looks at the likelihood of a certain faction "winning" ...
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Why is insincere/tactical/strategic voting considered undesirable?

In most of scholarly discussions about voting systems, the implication seems to be that one of the desired goals is to minimize/eliminate insincere/tactical/strategic voting: Tactical voting is ...
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Is there any data on how much gerrymandering influences incumbent advantage?

The US Congress has a truly prodigious re-election rate: 80-90% in the House since 1964, and ~80% in the Senate with the exception of the 1970s (when it hit a "low" of 55%-65%) While there are a lot ...
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Does the two-party system influence engagement?

In the last US elections, the voting turnout was approximately 57.5% (Bipartisan Research Center). Over the last few decades, it has been shifting between 50 and 60 percent. This is in stark contrast ...
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