Chief Justice Roberts writes an annual report on the state of the Supreme Court, and reminded readers just a few months ago that “The Judiciary is, of course, an independent and self-governing branch of government, but it has nevertheless sought input from all interested quarters.” Is that an accurate reflection of the way the Court functions?
Markus Prior, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton and a CSDP Faculty Associate, has been researching the origins and influence of political interest, culminating in a book to be released this fall: Hooked: How Politics Captures People's Interest (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Political interest is the strongest predictor of 'good citizenship', yet hardly anything is known about it as it's been mostly unstudied for decades.
Four years ago, coverage of the heavily armed police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri fueled a national debate about police militarization. Police claim militarized units enhance public and officer safety. Critics claim they target racial minorities and erode trust in police. Jonathan Mummolo wanted to know who was right.