Why do banking crises occur?

In a new book, political scientist David Singer finds two key factors connected to financial-sector collapses around the globe.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: finance research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty political-science books-and-authors banking


Study uses physics to explain democratic elections

U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics politics social-sciences research government school-of-science political-science voting-and-elections

Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: politics media graduate social-sciences research behavior students media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science science-communications postdoctoral

What makes for better bureaucracy?

Political science PhD candidates Guillermo Toral and Tugba Bozcaga find that government-appointed officials deliver the goods — given the right circumstances.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~10 min

Tags: international-development graduate research government students school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science postdoctoral

A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts

New book examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 8, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: politics japan research asia school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science books-and-authors international-studies

How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 4, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: social-media politics networks research behavioral-economics government sloan-school-of-management technology-and-society political-science film-and-television voting-and-elections game-theory

Public opinion study in Europe shows drop in anti-immigration sentiment, among other changes

Surveys spanning recent decades also reveal geographic differences and gender gap in economic views.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 16, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: policy women immigration europe social-sciences research government alumniae school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science

Caught between criminals and cops

Using virtual reality, doctoral candidate Andrew Miller gauges citizens' faith in law enforcement in the face of gang violence.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
May 13, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: graduate profile research police students school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences security-studies-and-military political-science augmented-and-virtual-reality postdoctoral

The (evolving) art of war

In new book, political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: china social-sciences research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty political-science books-and-authors international-relations sciences

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