Agricultural comparative advantage explains US legislators’ support for trade agreements

Agricultural comparative advantage explains US legislators’ support for trade agreements In a new paper at the Journal of Politics, “Agricultural Comparative Advantage and Legislators’ Support for Trade Agreements”, Francesco Amodio, Leonardo Baccini, Giorgio Chiovelli, and Michele Di Maio find evidence that comparative advantage in agriculture predicts how legislators vote on the ratification of preferential trade agreements …

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Do Voters Discriminate Against Women Running for Office?

Do Voters Discriminate Against Women Running for Office? Women make up roughly half of the world’s population but hold only 25.7 percent of the elected positions in national legislatures (Inter-Parliamentary Union 2021). Political scientists have long tried to make sense of the persistent underrepresentation of women in politics around the globe. One recurring question in …

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Home-price subsidies increase local-level political participation in urban India

Home-price subsidies increase local-level political participation in urban India Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. While developing countries remain predominantly rural, urbanization is expected to add 2.5 billion people to the global urban population by 2050, with 90% of this increase slated for Asia and Africa. India alone is expected to …

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The Missionary Roots of Nationalism

The Missionary Roots of Nationalism In the era of European colonialism, Christian missionaries spread to practically every corner of the globe. By 1900, they had evangelized 700 million people, nearly half the world population. The conventional wisdom in the social science literature is that Protestant missionaries spread literacy and democracy. The argument is straightforward: Protestant …

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Can Competition for Migrants Limit Backsliding?

Can Competition for Migrants Limit Backsliding? Throughout the world, including in the United States, we are witnessing an increase in “democratic backsliding” –  the state-led erosion and weakening of democratic institutions and norms. How can this trend be opposed and undermined? In our new article, we examine a potential economic consequence of backsliding: whether backsliding …

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