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The power of a provocative political ad

Nov. 23, 2011—How powerful can a provocative political ad be to a presidential election, whether the ad is accurate or not? Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton explains how a controversial ad, whether accurate or not, can greatly influence an election. View 2012 election expertise information for Joshua...

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How media coverage of campaign advertising influences election results

Nov. 23, 2011—How the media covers campaign advertising can influence election results. Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton explains his research on the 2004 “swift boat” ads and how media coverage impacted the election. View 2012 election expertise information for Joshua Clinton >> Visit election VU to find...

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How to make a political poll fair

Nov. 23, 2011—How do unbiased pollsters make a political poll fair? Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton is an expert on political polls. He explains some of the science behind creating polls. View 2012 election expertise information for Josh Clinton >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt...

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The power of polls and the influence they have on lawmaking

Nov. 22, 2011—How powerful are political polls? Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton is an expert on political polls. He explains how polls not only influence an election, but almost every decision a lawmaker makes. View 2012 election expertise information for Joshua D. Clinton >> Visit ElectionVU to...

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Why President Bush will be remembered more favorably by future generations than he is today.

Nov. 22, 2011—How will President George Bush be seen by future generations?  Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science David Lewis explains why he thinks President Bush will be remembered more favorably than he is today. View 2012 election expertise information for David Lewis >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012...

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Consequences of too many political appointees

Nov. 22, 2011—How do we fix the problem of too much politics in the bureaucracy?  Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science David Lewis explains why he thinks the number of presidential appointees should be cut and why most presidents do not support a merit system when it comes to bureaucratic jobs. View 2012 election expertise...

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Six ways we kill innovation without even trying

Nov. 21, 2011—Management professor David Owens of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management says that business and other leaders need to understand exactly which of the constraints are working against them to help create conditions that foster innovation instead of killing it.

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Who or what is the Tea Party movement? Survey offers some answers

Nov. 9, 2011—They’re called patriots, extremists, conservatives, libertarians.  So who really makes up the Tea Party?  Vanderbilt sociologist Steven Tepper surveyed some two thousand people and found four major traits that make up a Tea Party supporter: authoritarian, libertarian, fear of change and strong anti-immigrant sentiment. He also found that one of the strongest influences in the...

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Battle royale for Republican nomination

Nov. 3, 2011—The long list of Republican presidential candidates continue to duke it out in the debates. Soon they will be heading to the earlier than usual primaries in January 2012.  Professor of Political Science Bruce Oppenheimer says things are still looking good for Mitt Romney. View 2012 election expertise information for Bruce Oppenheimer >> Visit ElectionVU...

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Effective lawmaking in Congress – who does it best?

Nov. 3, 2011—What makes some members of Congress better than others at moving bills through the legislative process? Alan Wiseman, co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, has taken an in depth look at Congress’ last 35 years and tells us why women may have the upper hand. View 2012 election expertise information for...

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And the Next President Is……

Nov. 3, 2011—Who will be our next President?  A lot depends on what happens to our ailing economy between now and election day. But, presidential historian Thomas Schwartz says another factor will depend on which candidate has the clearest vision for success. View 2012 election expertise information for Thomas Schwartz >> Visit election VU to find all...

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Campaign Spending to the Max

Nov. 2, 2011—If you think campaign spending during the last presidential election was a lot, you haven’t seen anything yet. Distinguished Professor of Political Science John Geer says this will be the first presidential race since the landmark “Citizens United” 2010 Supreme Court ruling, which ended most restrictions on donations by corporations and unions. And, that translates...

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