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A 61-million-person experiment in social influence and political mobilization
Results from a randomized controlled trial of political mobilization messages delivered to 61 million Facebook users during the 2010 US congressional elections show that the messages directly influenced political self-expression, information seeking and real-world voting behaviour of millions of people.
Respect for Human Rights has Improved Over Time: Modeling the Changing Standard of Accountability
According to indicators of political repression currently used by scholars, human rights practices have not improved over the past 35 years, despite the spread of human rights norms, better
Inferring Tie Strength from Online Directed Behavior
It was found the frequency of online interaction was diagnostic of strong ties, and interaction frequency was much more useful diagnostically than were attributes of the user or the user’s friends.
It’s All about Race: How State Legislators Respond to Immigrant Constituents
How do elected representatives respond to the needs of immigrant constituents? We report the results of a field experiment on U.S. state legislators in which the nativity, likelihood of voting, and
Emergency and Escape: Explaining Derogations from Human Rights Treaties
Abstract Several prominent human rights treaties seek to minimize violations during emergencies by authorizing states to “derogate”—that is, to suspend certain civil and political liberties—in
The Path to Asylum in the US and the Determinants for who Gets in and Why *
The migration of political asylum seekers into the United States has long been a salient political topic; however, social scientists have yet to examine this process in its entirety and in the
Latent Estimation of GDP, GDP per capita, and Population from Historic and Contemporary Sources
The concepts of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP per capita, and population are central to the study of political science and economics. However, a growing literature suggests that existing measures
Dynamic Patterns of Human Rights Practices
A dynamic measurement model is used that contrasts with current approaches by accounting for the fact that human rights indicators can be more or less informative about the latent level of repression, allowing realistic descriptions of measurement uncertainty in the form of credible intervals, and providing a theoretical motivation for modeling temporal dependence in human rights levels.
The Changing Standard of Accountability and the Positive Relationship between Human Rights Treaty Ratification and Compliance
Researchers have puzzled over the finding that countries that ratify UN human rights treaties such as the Convention Against Torture are more likely to abuse human rights than non-ratifiers over
Yes, Human Rights Practices Are Improving Over Time
To document human rights, monitoring organizations establish a standard of accountability, or a baseline set of expectations that states ought to meet in order to be considered respectful of human