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James Druckman | Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? Reflections on The Democratic Dilemma

July 17, 2019 – from Politics Symposium
"The Democratic Dilemma was published in 1998 by Arthur Lupia and Mathew McCubbins. The book addresses a long-standing question: Does a lack of information short-circuit democratic functioning? This is a question of relevance for multiple pathways of democratic representation: from voters to elected officials, elected officials to bureaucrats, legislators to committees, citizens to jurors, inter alia."

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. | Tweeting Racial Representation: How the Congressional Black Caucus used Twitter in the 113th Congress

July 1, 2019 – from Politics, Groups, and Identities
The social media and microblogging site Twitter has emerged as both a vehicle for political expression and a powerful tool for political organizing within the African American community. This paper examines the extent to which members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) utilize Twitter to communicate with their constituents about racial issues. An analysis of CBC members’ tweets during the 113th Congress (2013–2014) shows that the organization’s members do talk about race and occasionally use racially distinct hashtags. Moreover, statistical analyses show that the best predictors of a CBC members’ engagement with racial issues on Twitter are being a woman legislator, the size of their margin of victory in the 2012 elections, and the percentage of whites living within the boundaries of their district.

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. | What Could Reparations for Black Americans Look Like?

June 25, 2019 – from WTTW
"Not only are Democratic presidential candidates calling for reparations. There’s a growing amount of scholarship around the subject that’s leading to new historical discoveries about slavery and its impact on modern-day society...We are uncovering more and more and the evidence is so overwhelming, I think it’s just hard to dismiss it, said Tillery, who also serves as director of Northwestern’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy."

Karen J. Alter | Redundancy, Regime Complexity and Universality in International Law

June 12, 2019 – from Amsterdam Center for International Law
Following Professor Alter's guest lecture on 'The Future of International Law in an Age of Nationalist Populism,' Karen J. Alter speaks to us about redundancy, regime complexity and universality in international law. She also explains how she uses heuristics and shares with us analytical tricks that help her to develop her thinking.

Thomas Ogorzalek | New Directions in Race, Place, and Space

June 10, 2019 – from The Journal of Politics
"For more than a half century, social scientists have been trying to unravel the complicated relationships between social context, political outcomes, and public policy, and all the while those same factors have been changing America and one another faster than we can keep up. Questions asked and lessons learned in this area are more important than ever, as globalization, continued urbanization, and social friction accelerate in the United States and around the world."

James Druckman & Matthew Levendusky | What Do We Measure When We Measure Affective Polarization?

June 7, 2019 – from Public Opinion Quarterly
Affective polarization—the tendency of Democrats and Republicans to dislike and distrust one another—has become an important phenomenon in American politics. Yet, despite scholarly attention to this topic, two measurement lacunae remain. First, how do the different measures of this concept relate to one another—are they interchangeable? Second, these items all ask respondents about the parties. When individuals answer them, do they think of voters, elites, or both? We demonstrate differences across items, and scholars should carefully think about which items best match their particular research question. Second, we show that when answering questions about the other party, individuals think about elites more than voters. More generally, individuals dislike voters from the other party, but they harbor even more animus toward the other party’s elites.

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya | Making Influence Visible: Innovating Ethnography at the Paris Climate Summit

May 29, 2019 – from Global Environmental Politics
Although Indigenous Peoples make significant contributions to global environmental governance and were prominent actors at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, COP21, they remain largely invisible in conventional, mainstream, and academic accounts of COP21. In this article, we adopt feminist collaborative event ethnography to draw attention to often marginalized and unrecognized actors and help make visible processes that are often invisible in the study of power and influence at sites of global environmental governance.
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