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


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

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

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: political-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences international-development government research students graduate graduate 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: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science international-studies japan politics asia books-and-authors research

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

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

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

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

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