New international study concludes digital media can fuel polarisation and populism

A team of international researchers has carried out a comprehensive review of hundreds of studies globally, the biggest of its kind, exploring whether digital media erodes democracy and found that while social media is not exclusively bad, it can certainly fuel starkly conflicting views, populism, and political mistrust especially in established democracies.

‘On the brink of a new civil war’: New national survey highlights fragility of American democracy, stark partisan divides

A new nationally representative survey released by the University of Notre Dame reveals more than half of Republicans and one-third of Democrats believe the United States to be on the brink of a new civil war.

UCI School of Social Ecology welcomes Andrew Yang for “Leading the Change Distinguished Speaker Series”

EVENT:  The School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, welcomes Andrew Yang for its “Leading the Change Distinguished Speaker Series.” The businessman, attorney, lobbyist, political candidate and co-founder of the Forward Party will speak on “Technology, Democracy and the Future.” Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here: https://socialecology.

A matter of trust? What one voting rights expert will be watching for in the mid-term elections

With the 2022 mid-term elections drawing near, Tulane University voting rights expert Brandon R. Davis is paying close attention to voter turnout, especially in states where lawmakers have passed new, more restrictive voting laws after many states expanded access, via…

Highly partisan U.S. election administration should become nonpartisan to preserve democracy, new report recommends

Election Administration In America – Partisan by Design, a recently released report from the Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy at Arizona State University and Open Primaries, a national election reform organization, indicates electoral codes in the United States are rife with rules for how the two major parties – Republican and Democratic – prioritize their power at the exclusion of everyone else.

Massive dataset reveals which governments have best responded to COVID-19 pandemic

How well did our political institutions manage the COVID-19 pandemic and are they prepared to handle future threats to the public? A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York hopes to answer these questions and more after compiling an extensive dataset tracking public health government responses to COVID-19 at all levels of government throughout the world.

Rutgers Experts Available to Discuss Addressing Climate Change, Environmental Protection in 2021

New Brunswick, N.J. (Jan. 12, 2021) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick professors Robert E. Kopp and Pamela McElwee are available for interviews on how President-elect Joe Biden and his incoming administration could strengthen efforts to address climate change and protect the environment. Kopp, a professor in…

Massive dataset reveals which governments have best responded to COVID-19 pandemic

Are our political institutions up for the task of managing the COVID-19 pandemic and any possible future similar threats? A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has compiled an extensive dataset tracking public health government responses to COVID-19 at national and subnational levels of government throughout the world.

Professor examines COVID-19’s effect on democracy

The first talk in Wichita State’s Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences “Perspectives on the Pandemics: Part II” series will feature Dinorah Azpuru. A professor of political science, Azpuru researches issues related to democracy. Her talk, “Democracy in the world in times of COVID-19,” will explore how the pandemic has affected democratic societies globally.

New book explores four major threats to US democracy

In their new book, “Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy,” Suzanne Mettler, professor of government at Cornell University, and Robert Lieberman, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, not only assert that history repeats itself – they also identify the underlying causes of democracy destabilization. American democracy has often been fragile, they argue, and today it faces an unprecedented crisis.

With upcoming DembVP pick, expert available to discuss positives and negatives for women in politics

As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden prepares to announce his vice presidential pick, who will be only the third woman VP nominee and fourth woman on a major-party presidential ballot, political scientist Lori Poloni-Staudinger is available to discuss the significance…

New Seminar Series Aims To Expose, Explain Threats to U.S. Democracy

A group of political science scholars is launching a webinar series on Friday to highlight escalating threats to democracy that have been percolating for decades and boiling over ever since Donald Trump’s election.

Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference

The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and other democracies should agree to not interfere in foreign elections.