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Editorial Insights: Registered Reports

We introduce Registered Reports as a new article format at the Journal of Politics. A Registered Report is a form of an empirical research article in which the theory, methods and proposed analysis are pre-registered, reviewed, and in-principle-accepted for publication prior to data access. We introduce Registered Reports as a trial and will report on …

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Media Ownership as a Political Investment

The massive flow of money into politics has generated widespread concerns about its impact on political equality. Political campaigns’ increased reliance on private contributions has meant that the rich can exert far greater influence than citizens with lesser means. One insufficiently discussed route by which the super-rich can obtain outsized political clout is through ownership …

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The Peaceful Transfer of Power and Social Contract

Concentrating the legitimate use of organized violence, and entrusting its use to a single individual, is generally considered to be a critical ingredient of state formation, and a necessary ingredient of political stability, especially in fractionalized political environments. Historically, this has been accomplished by appointing a ruler: an individual who is endowed with—or takes—political authority. …

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Apologize? Attack? How Governments Navigate International Law Violations

Earlier this month, the United States joined more than 40 other countries in announcing the coordination of war crimes investigations in Ukraine. By signing a political declaration in the Hague—the headquarters of the International Criminal Court (ICC)—the Biden administration took its latest step toward recalibrating the US relationship with the ICC. The policy shift was …

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Do media frames of the opiod epidemic shape public support for treatment?

The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health problems facing the United States. Drug overdose deaths are a leading cause of injury-related death and over 70% involve opioids. More than half a million Americans died of opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2020 and a record of over 100,000 Americans died of opioid-related …

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Which legislators are more effective lawmakers when there is no majority party? The answer may surprise you.

What explains legislative effectiveness in presidential systems where executives often lack majority support in the legislature? In most presidential democracies, executives are the primary lawmakers and agenda-setters. Yet, we know little about the relative significance of bills produced by individual legislators, nor their ability to advance them through the legislative process. Drawing on data from …

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