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Politics - 05.04.2024
A new socio-ecological class conflict?
A new socio-ecological class conflict?
The climate crisis, farmers' protests, the rise of right-wing parties, ongoing disputes in government, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East: the crisis is becoming a permanent feature of politics and society. In view of the enormous challenges, does a socio-ecological transformation even stand a chance? The BMBF junior research group "Mentalities in flux" (flumen) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena investigated this question.

Politics - Media - 01.04.2024
An up-close look at pro-democracy conservatives
Report provides up-close look at pro-democracy conservatives In contrast to those who reject the results of the 2020 election, nearly a third of Republicans accept the results, trust institutions, and appreciate diverse political perspectives Pro-democracy conservatives appreciate diverse political ideas, value journalism, and trust institutions including elections, according to a new report that defines this quiet but potentially powerful movement.

Politics - Health - 18.03.2024
Germ aversion impacted 2020 election voting behavior
Study: Crowding at the ballot box: Germ aversion and voting methods in the 2020 U.S. general election (DOI: 10.1111/pops. Voters opted to pick candidates in 2020 by mail-in ballots, avoiding poll sites due to COVID-19 concerns rather than because of political party efforts to promote specific voting methods, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Social Sciences - Politics - 14.03.2024
Unknown is unloved: Local exposure to refugees promotes more positive attitude to asylum seekers
People who live near a refugee center tend to develop a more positive attitude to asylum seekers compared to people who live further away. They are also less likely to support anti-immigration parties. This is the conclusion of research conducted by economist Sigrid Suetens and her team. The study suggests that this positive attitude is a result of contact between local residents and refugees.

Politics - 11.03.2024
Political rage on social media is making us cynical
Study: When social media attack: How exposure to political attacks on social media promotes anger and political cynicism Political anger and cynicism are rising in the United States and in many democracies worldwide, and both are associated with exposure to political attacks on social media, a new University of Michigan study shows.

Politics - 06.03.2024
People's perceptions can fuel political unrest
People’s perceptions can fuel political unrest
People's feelings about how morally divided a society is in the lead-up to an election can cause them to have extreme reactions if the result doesn't go their way, like the 6 January 2021 attacks on the US Capitol, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) has shown. The researchers argue that voters' sense of division, even if inflated and misguided, can prove crucial.

Environment - Politics - 29.02.2024
Plastics not a priority for politicians but are for the public, says new research
Plastics not a priority for politicians but are for the public, says new research
The public and politicians do not see eye to eye in prioritising plastic pollution, according to new research. As the UK's political parties gear up to do battle for No. 10, a team of researchers from the Birmingham Plastics Network and the Institute for STEMM in Culture and Society (ISTEMMiCS), have published findings of a YouGov survey which show that there is a significant mismatch between the UK public and MPs, when it comes to prioritising the environmental impact of plastics.

Social Sciences - Politics - 12.02.2024
’The role of social benefits for migration is overestimated’
What factors determine which countries people migrate to? Tim Müller from the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM) has analysed this in a study of 160 countries. According to the study, important pull factors for migration are not so much social benefits, but rather good job opportunities, democratic conditions and the national language.

Politics - 30.01.2024
Implementing the European Open Data Policy in Archaeology
US researchers launch PEPAdb (Prehistoric Europe's Personal Adornment database), an online and accessible tool with data on personal adornment items in recent prehistory. After decades of data collection, the US Quantitative Archaeology and Archaeological Science research group has carried out the configuration and deployment of a website with data on personal adornment in recent Prehistory on an intercontinental scale: PEPAdb.

Politics - Social Sciences - 29.01.2024
Differences between east and west are narrowing
Differences between east and west are narrowing
There is very little difference between people living in eastern and western Germany or those in rural and urban areas when they assess their quality of life. This surprising result is one of the key findings of the Germany Monitor 2023 , a newly developed annual scientific study that provides a new perspective on the social and political attitudes and assessments of the German population.

Law - Politics - 20.12.2023
Study analyses crimes against nature and their consequences
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has prepared a study approaching crimes against nature from the perspective of international law. This article takes the war in Iraq between 2014 and 2017 as a reference and has been published in the international scientific journal Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Politics - Social Sciences - 13.12.2023
New tool helps gauge trust in government
New tool helps gauge trust in government
Trust in Government Measure also aims to help inform better public health policies. People are less likely to adopt new health policies if they don't have faith in their government, and a new tool from University of Waterloo researchers aims to fix that. The tool - designed by a team based in Waterloo's School of Public Health Sciences - aids lawmakers in how trustworthy they may appear to the public and could help improve the uptake of public health policies by informing their design and communication.

Politics - Religions - 22.11.2023
How research on voting behaviour contributes to a more nuanced picture of Islam
Today, the Netherlands is holding its elections, a crucial opportunity for every Dutch citizen to express their satisfaction or discontent with society through vote. Unfortunately, there is a tendency for marginalized groups, including Muslims, to abstain from voting despite the significance of this democratic process.

Politics - 15.11.2023
Focus groups can work without a moderator, shows research
Focus groups can work without a moderator, shows research
Published on Wednesday 15 November 2023 Last updated on Wednesday 15 November 2023 Focus groups that feed views, experiences and opinions into politics, business and research might yield more open interaction and discussion within groups by moving moderators to a separate room, shows new research. The study developed and tested a novel 'remotely-moderated' focus group method where questions are posed on a screen, and moved along by a moderator watching the group from a different room.

Politics - 15.11.2023
Generic statements widen the divide between political parties
Using generic terms in politics may be exacerbating political division, a new study suggests. Statements such as "Democrats want to have tougher gun laws” and "Republicans want to ban abortion,” can heighten perceived differences between the two political parties, the study says. Researchers at the University of Michigan, Columbia University and Stony Brook University studied political polarization due to individuals making broad generalizations about certain groups based on inconsistent evidence.

Social Sciences - Politics - 13.11.2023
Unequal civic opportunity in the U.S
Unequal civic opportunity in the U.S
New heat map charts unequal civic opportunity in the U.S. Local faith institutions and social organizations are the top providers of civic engagement, and civic opportunity decreases as poverty levels increase, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University's SNF Agora Institute P eople in many parts of the United States possess few chances for the robust community engagement that underpins healthy democracies, according to a new report that for the first time maps civic opportunity across the country.

Environment - Politics - 10.11.2023
Ethical, environmental and political concerns about climate change affect reproductive choices
Ethical, environmental and political concerns about climate change affect reproductive choices
People are beginning to reconsider their reproductive decisions due to complex concerns about climate change, with many choosing to forego childbearing, or reduce the number of children they have as a result, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in PLOS Climate , is the first systematic review to explore how and why climate change-related concerns may be impacting reproductive decision-making.

Politics - 10.11.2023
Simply explaining well is no longer enough
Simply explaining well is no longer enough
For many people, science has become a question of faith - the acceptance of research results increasingly depends on whether they fit in with their own world view. This poses new challenges for science communication. Simply preparing content in an appealing and accessible way for the public in order to close gaps in knowledge and present new innovations is no longer enough.

Politics - 09.11.2023
Young people show more interest in specific political subjects than in Dutch politics
In a couple of weeks, Dutch citizens aged 18 and above will be participating in an upcoming election. What are the opinions of adolescents and young adults when it comes to politics'. Erasmus SYNC Lab investigated this in collaboration with the Hot Politics labs from the University of Amsterdam. The findings reveal that less than one in three young people (30%) are interested in Dutch politics.

Computer Science - Politics - 19.10.2023
A new EPFL tool shows the decline of political tone in the US
A new EPFL tool shows the decline of political tone in the US
A new EPFL developed tool, Quotebank , has helped researchers provide the first large-scale data-driven evidence of a drastic shift towards a more negative political tone beginning at the start of Donald Trump's primary campaign in June 2015. A vast majority of Americans believe that the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years and more than half have the impression that Donald Trump is responsible.
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