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When are Identities Politically Consequential?

Abstract Identity is among the most common explanations for political outcomes. Despite this, studies of politics often fail to clearly conceptualize or define identity, leading to tremendous variation in the use and application of the concept, much of which is at odds with fundamental tenets of research on the topic. Decades of research in psychology...

Jesus was a Refugee: Religious Values Framing can Increase Support for Refugees Among White Evangelical Republicans

DeMora, S.L., Merolla, J.L., Newman, B. et al. Jesus was a Refugee: Religious Values Framing can Increase Support for Refugees Among White Evangelical Republicans. Polit Behav (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-024-09912-2 Abstract We consider how frames highlighting religious values shape opinion among individuals who may experience social identity conflict. White evangelical Republicans have ardently supported Donald Trump’s restrictionist...

Social Comparison Concerns and Competitive Attitudes of North Korean Refugees and South Koreans: Measurement Invariance and Latent Mean Differences

Lee, Ahlam, Eun‐A. Park, and HyunJung Jo. "Social Comparison Concerns and Competitive Attitudes of North Korean Refugees and South Koreans: Measurement Invariance and Latent Mean Differences" Japanese Psychological Research (2023). Abstract Although refugees often face competition in their efforts to survive and achieve upward mobility, little is understood about their psychological processes concerning competition. In...

Correcting Myopia: Effect of Information Provision on Support for Preparedness Policy

Weller, Nicholas and Thomas Jamieson. "Correcting Myopia: Effect of Information Provision on Support for Preparedness Policy" Political Research Quarterly.

Public mass shootings cause large surges in Americans’ engagement with gun policy

Tyler T Reny, Benjamin J Newman, John B Holbein, Hans J G Hassell, Public mass shootings cause large surges in Americans’ engagement with gun policy, PNAS Nexus , 2023;, pgad407, https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad407

The Effect of Firm Lobbying on High-Skilled Visa Adjudication

Abstract Skilled foreign-born workers are critical to firms. Yet political or cultural factors can lead governments to restrict skilled immigration. To what extent, and how, does lobbying help firms overcome immigration barriers? This study explores these questions by focusing on the case of US firms and an exogenous increase in H-1B high-skilled visa denial rates...

Presidential Debates and Electoral Preferences in Weakly Institutionalised Democracies: Evidence From 32 Latin American Elections

Abstract Previous research has shown that presidential debates have “minimal effects” on aggregate electoral preferences because they mainly reinforce people's pre-existing political preferences. However, most of what we know about the behavioural effects of debates comes from research conducted in the United States and other institutionalised democracies. We re-evaluate the effects of debates on electoral...

Violence, What is It Good for? Waves of Riotous-Violent Protest and Democracy

Abstract Under what conditions do riotous-violent protests increase the likelihood of protest success? The protest literature has largely found that riotous-violent protests (RVPs) are not effective. However, a burgeoning literature contradicts these findings. We extend this literature by exploring how waves of RVPs increase the likelihood of protest success. Protesters learn from past protest-government response...

hdpGLM: An R Package to Estimate Heterogeneous Effects in Generalized Linear Models Using Hierarchical Dirichlet Process

Ferrari, Diogo. (2023). hdpGLM: An R Package to Estimate Heterogeneous Effects in Generalized Linear Models Using Hierarchical Dirichlet Process. Journal of Statistical Software , 107 (10), 1–37. Abstract The existence of latent clusters with different responses to a treatment is a major concern in scientific research, as latent effect heterogeneity often emerges due to latent...

Do Public Housing Agencies Discriminate Against Latinos?

Authment, Jacob, Michelangelo Landgrave, and Nicholas Weller. 2023. " Do Public Housing Agencies Discriminate Against Latinos? A Large-Scale Replication Study to Assess Discrimination." Journal of Behavioral Public Administration , 6 (1). Abstract: Discrimination by political elites has been identified in a variety of earlier studies. However, research about discrimination by street-level bureaucrats has more mixed...

Roll-Call Voting Under Random Seating Assignment

Social connections between individuals can profoundly impact their political behavior. A growing body of research on legislative politics examines how spatial proximity to fellow legislators affects voting behavior within the institution. However, studies that examine this question often suffer from a fundamental identification problem in which proximity effects may reflect actual behavioral diffusion between members...

The Effect of Counterstereotypic Gender Strategies on Candidate Evaluations in American Elections

Wang, D., Merolla, J., & Manganiello, A. 2023. The Effect of Counterstereotypic Gender Strategies on Candidate Evaluations in American Elections . Politics & Gender, 1-24.

The Effect of the Political Environment on White Women’s Political Ambition

DeMora, S. L., Lindke, C., Long, S., Merolla, J. L., & Osorio, M. A. 2023. The Effect of the Political Environment on White Women’s Political Ambition . Political Research Quarterly .

The President Will See Whom Now? Presidential Engagement with Organized Interests

Miller, David Ryan. (2023). " The President Will See Whom Now? Presidential Engagement with Organized Interests ." American Political Science Review , 117(3): 1019-1035.

Race, Prejudice and Support for Racial Justice Countermovements: The Case of “Blue Lives Matter”

Newman, B.J., Reny, T.T. & Merolla, J.L. Race, Prejudice and Support for Racial Justice Countermovements: The Case of “Blue Lives Matter”. (2023). Political Behavior

Pieces of the puzzle? Coalition formation & tangential preferences

The similarity of parties’ policy preferences has long been considered an important determinant of whether they form a government coalition. That similarity has typically been assessed based on the parties’ respective locations in a policy space. The degree to which parties care about different issues may, however, also vary. Parties that care about different issues...

Abortion, Attitudes and Appointments: How Gender and Reproductive Rights Shaped Views on Amy Coney Barrett and Voter Turnout in 2020

Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Adrian Pantoja, Morrey Liedke & Dana Nothnagel (2023). Abortion, Attitudes and Appointments: How Gender and Reproductive Rights Shaped Views on Amy Coney Barrett and Voter Turnout in 2020. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy , 44:1, 40-55, DOI: 10.1080/1554477X.2023.2160919

Closing Time: Reputational Constraints on Capital Account Policy in Emerging Markets

Steven Liao & Daniel McDowell. Closing Time: Reputational Constraints on Capital Account Policy in Emerging Markets . The Review of International Organizations

Economic Inequality, the Working Poor, and Belief in the American Dream

Benjamin J. Newman. "Economic Inequality, the Working Poor, and Belief in the American Dream." Public Opinion Quarterly .

Freedom Inside? Yoga and Meditation in the Carceral State

Farah Godrej. Freedom Inside? Yoga and Meditation in the Carceral State (Oxford University Press, 2022)