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History / Archeology - Politics - 05.09.2022
New research highlights the Dutch role in Holocaust reparations negotiations
New research highlights the Dutch role in Holocaust reparations negotiations
Historian Lorena De Vita unravels impact of local and global security issues of 1952 In 1952, now 70 years ago, Wassenaar was the scene of a historic breakthrough.

Politics - 31.08.2022
Fairness is crucial for trust in government
With flags hanging upside down all over the country, trust in politics seems to have reached an all-time low. The nitrogen crisis, along with the housing crisis, problems around asylum housing, the settlement of the benefits affair, the Covid-19 crisis and the Groningen earthquake damage, are all major challenges for the government's reputation.

Politics - 12.08.2022
Study debunks rise of conspiracy theories
It seems like reports on followers of conspiracy theories are a constant feature in the news. The latest one: Alex Jones, a radio host and conspiracy theorist-who said that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting of 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren, was a hoax and carried out by actors-was ordered by a Texas jury to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a child who was killed in the massacre.

Politics - 04.08.2022
Critical thinking protecting Ukrainians against Russia's disinformation campaign
Critical thinking protecting Ukrainians against Russia’s disinformation campaign
In disinformation campaigns, like the long-standing pro-Kremlin campaign targeted at Ukraine by the Russian government, who is most at risk of believing false information? A study led by McGill University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that Ukrainians who engaged in more analytic thinking were less likely to believe the pro-Kremlin disinformation, even if they were generally pro-Russia.

Politics - 20.07.2022
Zooming across the political divide
Liberals and conservatives can have positive experiences when they talk politics together over Zoom, a UCLA study shows Liberals and conservatives can have positive experiences when they talk politics together over Zoom, a UCLA study shows Conservatives and liberals who spoke one-on-one over Zoom enjoyed the experience and had greater respect for each other's views than they anticipated.

Politics - 19.07.2022
Beliefs about political equality prevent consensus for progressive taxes
The United States and other wealthy democracies during the past century have rarely responded to rising economic inequality by enacting more progressive tax policies, according to a new study co-authored by Yale political scientist Kenneth Scheve. The study, published in the journal Comparative Political Studies , provides evidence that a widespread belief among voters that government should treat all citizens equally regardless of economic advantage or disadvantage helps explain why countries often do not raise tax rates on the rich in response to rising inequality.

Health - Politics - 12.07.2022
Opinion: Stronger democracies have seen fewer excess deaths during COVID
Opinion: Stronger democracies have seen fewer excess deaths during COVID
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Vageesh Jain (UCL Institute for Global Health) looks at the connection between a country's democratic strength and the success of it's response to Covid-19. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that an effective response to an emergency of this nature goes beyond the health system.

Politics - 23.06.2022
Unpopular leaders punished at the polls in 2022 election
Unpopular leaders punished at the polls in 2022 election
Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were the most unpopular leaders of any party since 1987, new analysis of the 2022 federal election from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. The findings come from the joint ANUpoll/Comparative Study of Electoral Systems survey of more than 3,500 voters, which examined Australians' political attitudes before and after the 21 May vote.

Politics - 23.06.2022
Far-right parties find favor where immigrants, citizens vie for same public housing in Europe
In Europe, far-right parties have emerged as the most vocal defenders of restricting welfare benefits to citizens only. Study: How Distributional Conflict over In-Kind Benefits Generates Support for Far-Right Parties Why do voters find such a policy platform attractive? A new study examines the role played by competition between natives and immigrants over access to social benefits.

Politics - 22.06.2022
In today’s political conflicts, a heart-to-heart talk goes only so far
With the nation bitterly divided over a range of issues, new research co-authored at UC Berkeley finds that easing polarization through brief, cross-partisan dialogue is enormously difficult. (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin) The premise is simple, and it seems like common sense: If Republicans and Democrats could come together for good faith dialogue, the conversations would reduce tensions and ease the corrosive polarization that threatens U.S. democracy.

Politics - Social Sciences - 16.06.2022
When Parenting Style Predicts Political Leanings
A new study finds parenting styles are a strong indicator for how people think about a wide range of social issues, from education to elder care Parenting style - helicopter parenting (disciplinarian) versus free-range explorer (nurturing) - may be a key to the country's political future. A new study out of Carnegie Mellon University has found a person's parenting style tips their hand to the adoption of future government policies across a wide range of social issues, including education, elder care and medicine.

Politics - 08.06.2022
Majorities of both political parties support legal abortion
Majorities of both political parties support legal abortion
Regardless of race, ethnicity and even political party preference, two separate UCLA-led surveys reveal that majorities of people in each group support access to legal abortion in the United States. Recent large-scale surveys of voters and non-voters by UCLA political scientists Lorrie Frasure, Matt Barreto, Lynn Vavreck and Chris Tausanovitch took a pulse on a variety of policy issues, including abortion.

Politics - 02.06.2022
Closing gender voting gap in Pakistan requires reaching men
Canvassing campaigns aimed at increasing women's political participation in developing countries with patriarchal gender norms are more likely to succeed when they target men as well as women, according to a new study co-authored by Yale political scientist Sarah Khan.

Politics - Social Sciences - 13.05.2022
From political polarization to affective polarization. How did we get to the current situation?
Mariano Torcal and Josep Maria Comellas, researchers at the UPF Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM), are the authors of an introductory article for a special issue of the jou

Politics - Health - 05.05.2022
Mass fear decreases when measures to contain pandemics are effective
If infection numbers drop significantly over the course of a pandemic in response to policy measures, this lowers people's sense of fear and panic-related behaviour more strongly than the infection rates and the measures themselves.

Politics - Social Sciences - 26.04.2022
Why this refugee crisis is different
Why this refugee crisis is different
More than 11 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the war began. Five million of them looked for safety and shelter in the EU. Political scientist Polly Pallister-Wilkins discusses fundamental differences we witness in this crisis. 'To the Ukrainian refugees we see a completely different response that relates to the EU visa regime.

Politics - 17.03.2022
Fairness key to police officers gaining civilian’s respect
Nobody enjoys being stopped by the police. But civilians who believe the officer interacting with them is attempting to behave fairly are more likely to perceive the officer's authority as legitimate and cooperate, even if the encounter still results in a citation, suggests a new study coauthored by Yale political scientist Gregory Huber.

Social Sciences - Politics - 15.03.2022
’traumatic effects of war’ extend far beyond the front lines
Professors Olena Antonaccio and Robert J. Johnson are working on several studies that examine the mental health and other detrimental impacts of war on Ukrainians. The impacts of war can be destructive on many fronts. But new research from two University of Miami faculty members reveals that the mental health toll of military conflicts for people living in Ukraine is particularly severe.

Politics - 11.02.2022
How Personal Commonalities Foster Closeness of Political Views
How Personal Commonalities Foster Closeness of Political Views
Study shows that divergent opinions need not necessarily lead to polarisation We naturally feel close to people who are similar to us, who share our interests or partake in related activities, for instance. This natural feeling of closeness can be funnelled to reduce political differences and increase consensus on conflictual political topics.

Politics - 09.02.2022
Large majority of citizens trust science
Large majority of citizens trust science
The Corona pandemic has not only impinged on daily life around the world for around two years now - it is increasingly shifting science and research into the focus of public debate. One aspect is the trust people have in the work done by scientists. A team of researchers led by Prof. Rainer Bromme, a psychologist at the University of Münster, now have published a study, which concludes that science has so far passed the pandemic stress test of public trust in science.
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