Pandemic Panic: Unavoidable or a Byproduct of Policy Making?

Post written by Emma Singh and Sydney Weiss In the incipience of SARS-CoV-2, a palpable panic pervaded the globe. Hordes of shoppers wiped shelves clean of Clorox wipes and toilet paper; children called their parents and grandparents, frantically urging them to stay inside at all costs. Trepidation spread to social media, as internet influencers called … Read more

Discriminatory Immigration Bans Elicit Anti-Americanism in Targeted Communities: Evidence from Nigerian Expatriates

Aaron Erlich, Thomas Soehl, and Annie Y. Chen Restrictions on immigration are nearly universal in two ways. First, they are universal because every country restricts immigration. Second, most countries try to appear as universal as possible — in the sense of not openly discriminating against migrants from some countries, religions, or ethnic groups while preferring … Read more

Politicians, Including Women Elected to Reserved Seats, are not More Responsive to Same-Gender Citizens: Evidence from Uganda

SangEun Kim and Kristin Michelitch Do politicians tend to be more responsive to their own social groups, such as their own gender or ethnic group? In particular, when politicians from historically-marginalized groups attain elected office, do they tend to be more responsive to their fellow group members? Many experimental studies in Global North countries find … Read more

Can warm behavior mitigate the negative effect of unfavorable outcomes on citizens’ trust?

Frederik Godt Hansen Every day, government institutions and bureaucrats handle citizens’ applications for services such as welfare benefits or healthcare. When bureaucrats reject or approve applications, it has significant implications for individual citizens’ welfare. Even though a rejection is legitimate and correct, citizens may not accept and trust a negative decision because their interests are … Read more

How Does Confirmation Bias Affect the Persuasiveness of Policy Predictions?

Love Christensen An important way for political actors to shape public opinion is by influencing voters’ beliefs about policy outcomes. For example, in debates on trade reforms, U.S. politicians have frequently made predictive appeals about the effects of free trade on, for instance, manufacturing employment. But political actors face a trade-off when they try to … Read more

What motivates people to impose their view upon others?

Xianwen Chen and Øivind Schøyen People participating in revolutions, elections, and civil society often exert a great deal of effort to align the world with their sense of fairness. However, the preferences of the people affected by these political activities often vary and prescribe mutually excluding policies. How does people’s motivation to impose their fairness … Read more

The Face of the Problem: How Subordinates Shield Executives from Blame

Sarah Croco, Jared McDonald, and Candace Turitto             How do executives avoid catching heat when their administration is caught in a lie? Can they deflect blame by using a subordinate as a public shield? In this article we investigate how the public reacts when a subordinate member of an administration is made the “face of … Read more

Individualized text messages about public services fail to sway voters: Evidence from a field experiment on Ugandan elections

Ryan Jablonski, Mark T. Buntaine, Daniel L. Nielson, and Paula M. Pickering We used SMS messages about public services to help Ugandans make informed voting decisions, but find no effect on voting. Here is why information alone is sometimes insufficient to affect political behavior. Like in many countries, citizens’ ability to access quality services from … Read more

Teargas and Selfie Cams: Foreign Protests and Media in the Digital Age

Naima Green-Riley, Dominka Kruszewska-Eduardo, and Ze Fu More and more in the current age, protesters in cities around the world are making international headlines.  For international relations scholars, this raises an interesting question: how do foreign audiences react to footage of protests overseas? Do certain types of videos garner greater support for foreign policy actions … Read more

How Accurate Are Beliefs About the Politics of Others?

Taylor N. Carlson and Seth J. Hill In a June 23, 2016 referendum, citizens of the United Kingdom voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European Union. The result surprised pundits and journalists who, supported by contemporaneous opinion surveys, had been confident that remain would win. The result surprised many voters, too. Anecdotes … Read more