Research Highlights

How Do Racial Appeals Work in American Politics? Stephens-Dougan Book Investigates "Racial Distancing"

Much social science research over the years focuses on how white, usually Republican, candidates use negative racial appeals and race in campaigns. But are Black politicians advantaged when they indicate that they are not “too liberal” on matters of race, by invoking negative stereotypes about other Black people?

Is the Supreme Court a Guardian or Player?

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...

How Do People Get "Hooked" on Politics? Where Does Political Interest Come From, and Why Does It Matter?

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).

What Happens When We Militarize Police? Jonathan Mummolo Finds Potential Harm to Police Reputation, Failure to Enhance Officer Safety or Reduce Crime

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.

What actually drives the politics of Supreme Court appointments?

Scholars have produced a wealth of empirical studies of the Supreme Court’s appointment and confirmation process, but have produced only one integrated theory that connects both the nomination and confirmation decisions. Charles Cameron and John Kastellec evaluate Supreme Court nominations from 1937 to 2010 and find inadequacies in the theory’s...

How are European parties resolving inclusion dilemmas?

How are European parties resolving inclusion dilemmas – knowing that reaching out to new voter groups, especially including Muslim candidates, will please some and upset other members of a party’s existing coalition? Rafaela Dancygier’s book, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics, casts a new light on research about electoral...
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