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Does Disability Shape Political Identity?
Joshua Thorp finds that disability is indeed an important dimension of political identity for many disabled Americans. While disabled Americans do not appear mobilized along party lines, a sense of belonging to the disability community is associated with ideological liberalism and support for a range of social and redistributive policies.
How Voter Loyalties Change
Partisanship is sticky. People tend to vote like their parents and to maintain their partisan leanings over time. But to understand partisanship, we need a model that can explain why people change party loyalties when they do. This is what Ken Kollman and John E. Jackson of the University of Michigan Center for Political Studies (CPS) provide in Dynamic Partisanship: How and Why Voter Loyalties Change.
Could Balanced Coverage Improve Public Trust in Fact-Checking Sites?
About half of Americans believe fact-checkers are biased. Two decades after its emergence, why has fact-checking failed to get traction among the public? What changes can help?
Latinos for Trump in 2020
Latinos continue to surprise with their sustained and increased support for former President Trump, a candidate who often seems an unlikely advocate for the group. After numerous episodes during his campaign for president and time in office espousing what was seen as anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, it is puzzling to many that almost one in three Latinos voted for him during the 2020 presidential election. So why did Latinos support Trump in 2020?
Does the media convey accurate information about what policymakers do?
The public adjust their preferences for policy spending downward when spending increases and upward when spending decreases. In their new book, Information and Democracy: Public Policy in the News, Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien argue that the public respond in this way because they are getting information about policy spending from the news.
Data on the Russian invasion of Ukraine available in near-real time
Post developed by Katherine Pearson In order to track and share data on events unfolding in Ukraine, Yuri Zhukov, Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Associate Professor at the Center for Political Studies, launched VIINA: Violent Incident...
ObSERV Study improves methods for observing elections and election-related violence
Post developed by Anne Pitcher, Rod Alence, Melanie Roberts, and Katherine Pearson Secure elections are essential to democracy. ObSERV, a new study by researchers at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and the University of Michigan,...
Can Democracy Survive? The 2021 Miller-Converse Roundtable
Every year the Center for Political Studies (CPS) celebrates two founders of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) and CPS: Warren Miller and Phil Converse. The 2021 event featured a roundtable discussion of research by three CPS faculty members: Ken Kollman, Robert...
“If They Only Knew”: Informing Blacks and Whites about the Racial Wealth Gap
Vincent Hutchings delivered the inaugural lecture of the Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professorship in Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies on March 31, 2021. Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal, the author of the landmark study An American Dilemma,...
CoderSpaces provide data science support and hands-on learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
Post by Jule Krüger, Program Manager for big data/data science. Jule developed CoderSpaces, weekly programming sessions at the University of Michigan in support of cutting edge research and scientific advancements, and has hosted them since 2019. For the past two...