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Beyond the Election: Who Controls Presidential Policy
Patrick O'Brien

November 6, 2014

The president appoints a team of principals that all but sets the choice of policy alternatives.

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Rejecting the Biological Clock
Jenna Healey

October 30, 2014

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The technical solutions for postponing childbirth distracts us from the policy solutions.

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The Democratic Virtues of Teaching Statistics
Jerome Schafer

October 15, 2014

Educating citizens in basic statistical concepts may improve voter competence.

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Health Care’s Older Brother: The Long-Term Care Crisis
Corina Mommaerts

October 10, 2014

Long-term care costs are growing, and we need a better way to pay for it: catastrophic coverage.

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Affordable Care Act: What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Politics
Bao Bao Zhang

September 23, 2014

How will the ACA affect enrollees' electoral participation and civic engagement?

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Do Alternatives to Police Militarization Exist?
Tony Cheng

September 12, 2014

The benefits of having street outreach workers as intermediaries between communities and police.

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Cooperating with the Future: Q&A with David Rand
Limor Peer

June 25, 2014

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If enough people have prosocial preferences and care about the future, democracy can work

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The Power to Condemn Elections?
Susan Hyde

May 28, 2014

The Egyptian elections and the presence of international observers.

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A Look at Essential Data-Related Challenges for Research in Political Science
Michelle Hudson

April 25, 2014

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Imagine you want to collect data in a war zone.

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Alaska’s Child-Care Center for Legislators Highlights Challenges of Working Parents
Rachel Silbermann

April 23, 2014

Alaska has become the only state that provides child care for state legislators and staffers.

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How We Think Affects What We Think About Public Policies
Jamie Luguri

April 17, 2014

Social psychology research on how abstract thinking might reduce political polarization.

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Digital Reporting as a Community Empowerment Tool
Tony Cheng

April 14, 2014

A follow up report on the digital reporting event, "Crime Beat 3.0."

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The Costs of Complexity in Policy Design
Gabe Scheffler

April 9, 2014

Complexity undermines the public's confidence and trust in government.

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It's Not Just Who You Know: The Failure of Lobbying Reform
Lara Chausow

March 27, 2014

Why the reform law doesn't end revolving door lobbyists.

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Can State-Level Legislative Reform Ensure Due Process Protections for Debtors?
Michelle Grisé

March 25, 2014

Lawmakers in several states have enacted legislation designed to better protect debtors.

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Mind the Gap: Data They Share May Not Be Data You Can Use
Limor Peer

March 6, 2014

We could find ourselves with a proliferation of research products we can’t really use.

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Can Directed Research Bridge Opposing Views on Expanding Medicaid?
Martin Hackmann

March 3, 2014

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Policy reform could improve the cost-effectiveness and quality of health care delivery.

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Rebuilding Communities after the Military Leaves Town
Alison Kanosky

February 26, 2014

Base closings can leave military communities in economic and environmental despair.

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It’s Not Only Professors Who Increasingly Reach Out
Dan Feder

February 24, 2014

Kristof fails to appreciate that the next generation of academics will be even more publicly engaged.

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