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Lux et Data: ISPS Blog

U.S. Political Dysfunction
Aaron Goldzimer

September 3, 2015

To combat political polarization, will it help to let political parties collect more cash?

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Data Availability Determines Whether Campaigns Focus On The Middle Or The Base
Eitan Hersh

August 11, 2015

Based on the electorate’s prior behavior, campaigns can anticipate who will vote, but they have poor signals about where voters stand.

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The Missing Lesson of Ferguson: Conduct ≠ Contact
Vesla M. Weaver

August 11, 2015

Crime distribution by race hasn't changed much, but contact with the law has.

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The United States Is No Longer a Climate Laggard
Matto Mildenberger

July 15, 2015

Unprecedented executive action shows the US is getting serious about climate change.

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The Real Story about How Data-Driven Campaigns Target Voters
John Sides

July 10, 2015

A Q&A with Eitan Hersh on his new book.

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How Much Should New Drugs Be Regulated?
Rebecca McKibbin

June 4, 2015

Right to Try Laws are presented as a costless solution; they are not.

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What Makes Field Organizers Effective? Being Like the People They Want to Persuade.
Eitan Hersh

June 1, 2015

What the research actually shows about persuading voters.

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The Shooting Disease: Who You Know, Where You Live
Michael Sierra-Arevalo

June 1, 2015

Urban gun violence is not as random as it appears.

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Retail Consumer Protection as Household Stimulus
Rory Van Loo

May 12, 2015

Consumers could save on their goods purchases with better federal policies.

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‘Civilizing’ the Fractured Relationship between Police and Minority Communities
Michael Sierra-Arevalo

April 24, 2015

The question now is - how to restore the relationship between the public and the police?

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Myopic Voters and the Samaritan’s Dilemma
Jerome Schafer

April 23, 2015

A small window of opportunity exists to enact federal disaster preparedness programs.

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Charging Media for Using Police-Shooting Video May Be the Price of Equal Justice
Vesla Weaver and Briallen Hopper

April 22, 2015

The cost of witnessing and filming police misconduct.

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The Long and Polarizing History of the Parental Notification Debate
Jenna Healey

March 30, 2015

Bitter partisan rhetoric over a social science experiment undermines the effort to prevent teen pregnancy.

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Why Prosecuting, Firing, or Re-Training Cops Doesn’t Work and What We Can Do About It
Tony Cheng

March 26, 2015

The value of community outreach workers.

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Research Data Review is Gaining Ground
Limor Peer and Ann Green

March 26, 2015

It is a positive sign that one aspect of research data sharing and preservation – data review – is increasingly part of the conversation.

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Despite Heavy Rhetoric, Partisan Considerations Had Little Influence on States’ Decisions to Make Voting Easier
Daniel Biggers & Michael Hamner

March 12, 2015

Convenience voting adoption largely unaffected by party politics.

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Meet the Solvers
Matthew Regele

March 5, 2015

Why we need to rethink small business and innovation.

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The Missed Opportunity of Robert Woodson
Vesla Weaver

February 25, 2015

One conservative black activist’s campaign for community crime control.

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Precedents for Obama to Address Monetary Policy
Patrick O'Brien

February 16, 2015

Presidents today accept the idea of an independent Fed; it wasn't always so.

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ISPS Director's Fellows Respond to Gov. Malloy's Initiative

February 9, 2015

Our undergraduates' thoughts on Governor Malloy's criminal justice reform.

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