Do leaders persuade? Social scientists have long studied the relationship between elite behavior and mass opinion. However, there is surprisingly little evidence regarding direct persuasion by leaders. Here we show that political leaders can persuade their constituents directly on three dimensions: substantive attitudes regarding policy issues, attributions… (More)
Do formal deliberative events influence larger patterns of political discussion and public opinion? Critics argue that only a tiny number of people can participate in any given gathering and that deliberation may not remedy—and may in fact exac-erbate—inequalities. We assess these criticisms with an experimental design merging a formal deliberative session… (More)
Directly Representative Democracy is based on a series of ground breaking experiments which studied an alternative conception of democracy in a realistic, yet scientifically rigorous, way. Members of Congress agreed to be randomly assigned to samples of their constituents, participating in online town-hall meetings about some of the most important and… (More)
The ubiquity of Online Social Networks (OSNs) is creating new sources for healthcare information, particularly in the context of pharmaceutical drugs. We aimed to examine the impact of a given OSN's characteristics on the content of pharmaceutical drug discussions from that OSN. We compared the effect of four distinguishing characteristics from ten… (More)
We gratefully thank Travis Braidwood and Kevin Arceneaux for for helpful comments.This project was funded by a grant from the Digital Government Program of the National Science Foundation (award number IIS-0429452). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect… (More)
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0131923. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).