The issue of immigration, and illegal immigration in particular, has increased in salience in the past decade. Proponents of restrictive immigration reforms often argue that their concerns are primarily about the rule of law. Their critics worry that such attitudes are driven more by racial prejudice towards Latinos, or Mexican immigrants in particular.… (More)
This study examines the impact of political discussants on individual electoral behavior in young adults. Previous research has identified two main mechanisms through which social ties exert influence on voting decisions: contagion and conflict. Contagion studies examine the spread of political behaviors through social networks. According to that… (More)
1 Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds…Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is… (More)
How do Members of Congress manage the opportunities that the Internet offers? Here we present the initial results from interviews with 100 Congressional offices about their decisions regarding how to use official Member websites. Strikingly, we find that there are relatively few efforts by offices to evaluate what constituents want or like on their… (More)
This poster examines data gathered from the official websites of the US Senate to examine whether technology enhances online representative functions.
In this paper we summarize the progress of the Connecting to Congress (CTC) project.
Ronald Reagan once quipped: " Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. " One needn't think that politics is generally dishonorable to see that Reagan's remark captures two related truths about democratic politicians: first, their goal is to convince people that they… (More)
In this paper we summarize the progress of the Connecting to Congress project.