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Open Access 21-06-2024 | Original Paper

Is Some Politics Still Local? Voter Preferences for Local Candidates

Previous literature has demonstrated electoral advantages for candidates with backgrounds in the communities they represent, even amidst the trends of partisan polarization and the nationalization of elections. Here, we consider voter preferences …

Charles R. Hunt, David Fontana

17-06-2024 | Original Paper

Can the Fairer Sex Save the Day? Voting for Women After Corruption Scandals in Latin America

Voters often perceive female politicians to be less corrupt than male politicians, and recent work posits that political parties use this perception to their advantage by running more female candidates when corruption is salient. However, few …

Emily Elia

Open Access 17-06-2024 | Original Paper

Online Abuse of Politicians: Experimental Evidence on Politicians’ Own Perceptions

Criticism from dissatisfied citizens is an inevitable part of being an elected politician in a democracy. However, when negative feedback from citizens turns into outright abuse, this can have pernicious personal and democratic consequences. In …

Rasmus T. Pedersen, Niels Bjørn Grund Petersen, Mads Thau

Open Access 17-06-2024 | Original Paper

Procedure Matters: The Distinct Attitudinal Feedback Effects of Immigration Policy

Natives who dislike immigrants prefer restrictive immigration policies, but do those policies deepen or alleviate anti-immigrant attitudes? Existing theories have offered mixed predictions. Restrictions imposed on immigrants may harden intergroup …

Siu-yau Lee

Open Access 17-06-2024 | Original Paper

The Personalization of Electoral Participation? The Relationship Between Trait Evaluations of Presidential Candidates and Turnout Decisions in American Presidential Elections 1980–2020

The personalization thesis claims that leaders’ influence over voters has increased. While research consistently shows that candidates influence party choice, we know little about their effects on the prior decision to turn out in elections. This …

Tim Segerberg

15-06-2024 | Original Paper

Violent Riots and South African Satisfaction with Democracy

The past decade has witnessed growing challenges to democracies around the world, with rising levels of democratic discontent and political violence. While a growing body of work has begun examining the determinants of satisfaction with democracy …

Jacob S. Lewis

14-06-2024 | Original Paper

The Drowning-Out Effect: Voter Turnout and Protests

Conventional wisdom suggests that a high turnout in a free and fair election would be laudable; it might signify proper representation and hence facilitate democratic conflict resolution. This paper presents a game-theoretic model and demonstrates …

Kyosuke Kikuta

11-06-2024 | Original Paper

Holy Nations: How White Racism Boosts Black Support for Christian Nationalism

Current work on Christian nationalism emphasizes its strong correlation with exclusion of racial minorities and support for racialized policy, but Christian nationalism support is highest among Black Americans. If Christian nationalism is tightly …

Brooklyn Walker

05-06-2024 | Original Paper

The Donor Went Down to Georgia: Out-of-District Donations and Rivalrous Representation

Most of the money spent in U.S. congressional campaigns comes from donors residing outside the race’s electoral district. Scholars argue that legislators accepting out-of-district donations become “surrogate representatives” for outside donors.

Charles Nathan, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Curtis Bram, Jason Douglas Todd

Open Access 01-06-2024 | Original Paper

Invalid Votes as Protest: Compulsory Voting and the Democratic Context in Ecuador

Invalid votes are pervasive in many democracies and can threaten the legitimacy of elections. While often associated with factors such as choice complexity and disengagement, especially under compulsory voting rules, intentional ballot spoiling …

Vanessa D. Carrión-Yaguana, Royce Carroll

23-05-2024 | Original Paper

Deserving Government Assistance? Public Support for Aid to Struggling Firms and Workers

Why does the public support government assistance for some firms and workers during hard times but not others? Much research has examined the role of culpability in perceptions of deservingness for workers, but here we develop a deservingness …

Christopher Witko, Tobias Heinrich

Open Access 20-05-2024 | Original Paper

Explanation Giving Promotes Democratic Satisfaction Regardless of Respondent Partisanship

A central norm of democratic governance is that elected officials explain their behavior to constituents. Prior work shows that explanation giving can improve evaluations of the explainer and the decision they have reached. However, this work has …

Joshua Robison

20-05-2024 | Original Paper

The Social Psychology of Procedural Justice: Findings in Hong Kong

This research aims to comprehensively illustrate the importance of perceived procedural justice among the public to police and governing authorities in crowd management involving multiple identities and identifications. It simultaneously considers …

Alex Yue Feng Zhu, Kee Lee Chou

Open Access 18-05-2024 | Correction

Correction: The Impact of Incidental Environmental Factors on Vote Choice: Wind Speed is Related to More Prevention-Focused Voting

Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Jon M. Jachimowicz, Jochen I. Menges, Adam D. Galinsky

Open Access 14-05-2024 | Original Paper

Educationally Tracked Democratic Equalizers: How Citizenship Education Moderates the Effect of a Political Home Environment on Internal Political Efficacy Across Educational Tracks

Citizenship education aims to compensate for the lack of a stimulating political home environment. However, not all scholars are convinced that schools are great equalizers, as citizenship education might reinforce rather than reduce socioeconomic …

Joke Matthieu, Nino Junius

Open Access 14-05-2024 | Original Paper

Taking One for the (Other) Team: Does Political Diversity Lower Vaccination Uptake?

What implications might rising animosity towards political out-partisans have for public health? Vaccination has a significant social aspect, protecting not only the vaccinated, but also those around them. While political ideology in the United …

Sung Eun Kim, Krzysztof Pelc

07-05-2024 | Original Paper

Need for Chaos and Dehumanization are Robustly Associated with Support for Partisan Violence, While Political Measures are Not

Recent, high-profile acts of partisan violence have stimulated interest among academics and the public in the etiology of support for such violence. Here, we report the results of a study that measures support for partisan violence with both …

Alexander P. Landry, James N. Druckman, Robb Willer

06-05-2024 | Original Paper

Do Primaries Improve Evaluations of Public Officials? Experimental Evidence from Mexico

Do nomination rules shape how voters evaluate their representatives? Some scholars argue that, in places where trust in political parties is low, primary elections can be an electoral asset by improving how politicians are regarded by voters. Yet …

Sergio J. Ascencio, Han Il Chang

Open Access 05-05-2024 | Original Paper

Outcome Isn’t Everything: Electoral Consequences of Implementing or Withdrawing Unpopular Policies

Incumbents often make unpopular policy decisions. But can they remedy their negative electoral consequences? We extend the wide literature concerning retrospective voting to the case of unpopular policies and examine whether voters reward a …

Simon Gren, Elena Leuschner

Open Access 02-05-2024 | Original Paper

Local News Reporting and Mass Attitudes on Infrastructure Investment

A growing body of research documents how shrinking local newsrooms undermine political accountability and local fiscal and policy performance in the United States. We extend this work to examine political impacts from the level of information …

Andrew Trexler, Megan Mullin