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CSDI is involved in a wide range of activities and research endeavors that aim to understand the role of democratic institutions in contemporary society.  As a non-partisan multidisciplinary research program, it is the goal of the Center's co-directors to offer programming and scholarly opportunities that are considered valuable to political science and enriching to the broader community. The 2012-2013 Year-end Review highlights many of the activities of the Center, its co-directors, and its affiliates. Read the complete report here.

 

CSDI  Awards and Announcements

9/2/14 CSDI Working Paper 2014-5 titled ''Cognitive Diversity, Binary Decisions, and Epistemic Democracy'' has been released. The paper is authored by CSDI Affiliate John A. Weymark.

7/24/14 Congratulations to CSDI Co-Director Larry Bartels who will receive the Warren E. Miller Prize at this year's APSA meeting. The Miller Prize recognizes "an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior field."

7/11/14 Steven Rogers is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2014 William Anderson Award, which is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics.

7/01/14 Congratulations to CSDI Postdoctoral Fellow, Steven Rogers for being named as a co-recipient for the American Political Science Association Christopher Mooney Dissertation Award for "Accountability in a Federal System". Rogers will be presented the award at the 2014 APSA Conference in Washington D.C., this August. 

6/20/14 CSDI Working Paper 2014-4 titled "Everything to Everyone: The Electoral Consequences of Broad Policy Appeals in Europe" has been released. The paper is authored by CSDI Affiliate Zeynep Somer-Topcu.

6/18/14 Two CSDI Working Papers 2014-02 and 2014-03, respectively, have been released.  Both authored by CSDI Affiliate Bruce I. Oppenheimer are titled, "ANWR and CAFE: Frustrating Energy Production and Conservation Initiatives over Three Decades," and "It's Hard to Get Mileage Out of Congress: Struggling Over CAFE Standards,1973-2013".

 

Geer Honored for Educational Contributions

John Geer, CSDI Co-Director and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, has received the 2014 Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award. geerThe Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors selected Geer for his significant contributions to educational programming as a speaker for Vanderbilt Reunion and other alumni events. 

"In his Reunion/Homecoming educational program Professor Geer challenged our notions that negative political advertising was harmful to democracy," said presenter Thomas Conner, Alumni Association Board Member of Nashville, Tenn. "He also shared his valuable political insight during numerous other alumni gatherings."

Geer has taught political science at Vanderbilt since 1996. He has published five books and more than 20 articles on presidential politics and elections, and recently served as editor of The Journal of Politics. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune.



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NYT - Larry Bartels has documented that the rich have about three times as much influence as the poor on votes in the United States Senate.

VoxWhy the Israel-Palestine conversation is so polarized -  A 2006 study by Larry Bartels and Chris Achen (Princeton) is referenced. 

Vanderbilt News In 2013, Seigenthaler and author David Maraniss co-led a conversation at the First Amendment Center about the Gettysburg Address to mark its 150th anniversary...

Washington Post  - U.S. presidential election results, for example, can be remarkably and accurately predicted by economic growth preceding the election...

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