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Affect and Political Choice  

Ann N. Crigler and Parker R. Hevron

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Aug 2017
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Sep 2014
Whether political observers and participants applaud or decry the presence of emotions in political decision-making, scholars have begun to view the relationship between affect and reason ... More

Aggregating Survey Data to Estimate Subnational Public Opinion  

Paul Brace

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Sep 2018
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Jun 2016
Public opinion’s role in shaping governmental actions is a central concern of democracy, yet the absence of systematic state-level survey data has inhibited analyses of public opinion at ... More

At-A-Distance Analysis  

Mark Schafer

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May 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter reviews the state of the art in at-a-distance analysis. This methodology originated in attempts by psychologists and students of policy-making and international relations to ... More

Biographical Analysis  

James Walter

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May 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter reviews the historical development of the genre of biography in relation to the social sciences, and discusses the debates about its utility in the study of leadership. Taking ... More

Biological and Psychological Influences on Interpersonal and Political Trust  

Matthew Cawvey, Matthew Hayes, Damarys Canache, and Jeffery J. Mondak

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Mar 2018
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May 2017
Levels of interpersonal and political trust undoubtedly ebb and flow in response to external stimuli. Despite the variability in one’s environment, there is good reason to believe that ... More

Decision Analysis  

David Brulé, Alex Mintz, and Karl DeRouen

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May 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter focuses on the decision-making models and biases used to explain the decisions of political leaders with a particular emphasis on foreign-policy decisions. We summarize some ... More

Digital Media and Perceptions of Source Credibility in Political Communication  

Andrew Flanagin and Miriam J. Metzger

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Aug 2017
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Sep 2014
The rich research heritage on source credibility is fundamentally linked to processes of political communication and the provision of political information. Networked digital technologies, ... More

Election Forecasting: The Long View  

Michael S. Lewis-Beck and Charles Tien

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Mar 2016
This article offers a new way to evaluate the pros and cons of predicting US presidential elections: the long view versus the short view. Election forecasters who take the long view stress ... More

Ethnography of Politics and Political Communication: Studies in Sociology and Political Science  

Eeva Luhtakallio and Nina Eliasoph

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Aug 2017
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Sep 2014
The ethnographic approach has particular potential for studying political communication through enlarging understandings of political institutions and expanding definitions of “politics.” ... More

Exit Polling Today and What the Future May Hold  

Anthony M. Salvanto

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Sep 2018
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Dec 2017
This chapter considers exit polls from a researcher’s perspective, pointing out how it compares in terms of operation and sampling to more conventional pre-election polling and speculating ... More

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