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Law, Business and Politics

Study: Transparency, competition key to improving legislators’ performance

May. 2, 2018—Politicians will work harder at their jobs when their performance is reported to constituents early in their terms—but only where there’s a degree of competition from rival parties.

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Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research into democracy

Apr. 25, 2018—Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow—the university’s third in four years—and awarded $200,000 to support his research. Thirty-one fellows were named nationally.

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Center for Effective Lawmaking hosts bipartisan D.C. roundtable on education policy

Apr. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt hosted the first in a series of three roundtables organized by the Center for Effective Lawmaking to provide academic expertise on issues relevant to lawmakers.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Nashville wants transit overhaul; unsure about mayor’s plan

Mar. 4, 2018—Concern about Nashville's future rises as city's rapid growth strains transit and affordable housing, according to the latest research by Vanderbilt's Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

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Companies have little incentive to fight workplace sexual harassment, Vanderbilt economist explains

Mar. 1, 2018—New research by Vanderbilt economist Joni Hersch finds there are not strong enough incentives to push companies to eliminate or mitigate the risk of workplace sexual harassment.

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When disaster doesn’t strike: New book explores the study of highly reliable organizations

Mar. 1, 2018—Organizational reliability expert Rangaraj Ramanujam co-edited a new book consolidating 30 years of top research into what makes high-stakes organizations work.

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Vanderbilt Poll-Nashville preview: Mayor Barry approval at 61 percent

Feb. 27, 2018—A limited early release of data shows Mayor Barry's approval still high. Full poll results will be released Sunday, March 4.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans are more moderate than people think

Dec. 14, 2017—After a historic election in Alabama, the latest Vanderbilt Poll underscores Tennessee’s role as a political bellwether in 2018.

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Law, neuroscience student earns NIJ fellowship

Dec. 6, 2017—A student from the nation’s first joint law and neuroscience J.D. and Ph.D. program, housed at Vanderbilt University, has earned a $50,000 graduate research fellowship from the National Institute of Justice.

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Beyond Politics: Private industry needs to step up on climate change

Dec. 5, 2017—Two Vanderbilt experts say evidence shows that progress can continue to be made on environmental issues regardless of what the government is doing.

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The unexpected way international business influences U.S. politics

Dec. 1, 2017—Corporations in different industries tend to donate to the same political candidates when their board members serve on the boards of international companies, too.

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Citizens’ attitudes toward taxation in Malawi

Nov. 15, 2017—Writing in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives' BreakThru blog, political science Ph.D. student SangEun Cecilia Kim finds that poverty is the most common factor driving the tax aversion of Malawi citizens.

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