Category Archives: Political Science

The power of pre-existing views

Study shows how information sources affect voters. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For all the fact-checking and objective reporting produced by major media outlets, voters in the U.S. nonetheless rely heavily on their…

Winning women

Fielding more female candidates helps political parties gain votes. CAMBRIDGE– Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by…

Study aims to shorten Election Day lines

New MIT-led research effort applies the science of lines to the polling place. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — No one likes waiting in line — and on Election Day in 2012, an estimated…

Why sign rights treaties?

Study: Autocratic leaders who sign human-rights treaties seek political gain, not material benefits. CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– Since World War II, more than 45 international human-rights treaties have been signed by many of…