The Democratic Primary Field Is Not as Wide Open as It Seems
By looking at which campaigns experienced staffers choose to work for, one can see which candidates the party is seriously signaling as potential nominees.
Why So Many Trump Supporters Are OK With the President's Lies
Authoritarianism has long been linked to support for Donald Trump. New research finds people with that mindset are less likely to care that a political leader is lying.
States Are Introducing Bills That Could Prevent Teachers From Advocating for Climate Change
Several states have recently introduced bills that could interfere with the teaching of scientifically founded theories on climate change in public school science curricula.
Parties, Not Voters, Perform the Organizational Work of Democracy
In politics, individuality is overrated.
Do the Categories of Democrat and Republican Reflect American Values?
Just because you fall outside the two ideologies we consider mainstream doesn't mean your political positions aren't logical, reasoned, and consistent.
What Political Parties Talk About When They Talk About Groups
Republicans talk about ideology and Democrats talk about groups—but they may be talking about the same thing.
Parties Are Networks, and You Want Them on Your Side
Even a very loose network of candidates, activists, donors, and interest groups can exert a powerful influence over elections.
Republicans and Democrats: Different Parties, Different Cultures
Fearing bias, and because the differences are difficult to measure with reliability, most—but not all—political scientists shy away from describing the cultural differences between Democrats and Republicans.
Why Your Congressional Representative Isn’t So Representative of You
There are a lot of problems with our two-party system, and fixing them would require nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way politics work in this country. But there are better ways.
Independents Are the Hipsters of American Politics
What does identifying as an independent tell us about how somebody will vote? As it turns out, not much. Research suggests this is a (surprisingly large) group that’s focused more on image than policy.
How Our Political Parties Beat Campaign Finance Reform
Did the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 have any of its intended effects?
Our Political Parties Have Polarized, But They Have a Lot Further to Go
There are still plenty of moderate congressional districts represented by officials who vote with their constituents in mind—but that could soon change.
Political Fact Checking That Doesn’t Amplify the Lie
The next generation of political fact checking will offer humor and quicker turnarounds without further propagating the underlying deception.
‘Conservative’ Means Different Things to Different Conservatives
Voters self-identify as conservatives for several reasons, only one of which is that it reflects their politics
Dismissing Gridlock: A Case for Parliamentary Systems
One system of democratic government is consistently better, say two political scientists, and it's not the one we have in the United States.