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Archived News - 2012

  • 12/12/12 - Vanderbilt Poll: Voters prefer state run health care exchange (Vanderbilt News) - By Jim Patterson - "If a health care exchange must be created, the voters of Tennessee place more trust in the state than the federal government to do it," said John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
  • 10/14/12  - Media Share Blame for Negative Ads (Bloomberg News/New York Times) - By Albert R.Hunt - WASHINGTON - John Geer, one of the most thoughtful and engaged U.S. political scientists, is a fan of negative campaigns. A central tenet of democracy, says Mr. Geer, a professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, "is to criticize those in power."
  • 09/21/2012  - Study: Fox News Turned Congresspeople More Conservative  ( - The network is an increasing favorite of academics examining its influence over political life. The most recent study, which was first highlighted by BuzzFeed, comes from two Vanderbilt University professors [Josh Clinton and Ted Enamorado] was prepared for a workshop at Yale. 
  • 08/17/12 - Attack ads on rise as campaign gets dirty ( - By Anne Penketh - Dr John Geer, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, who has teamed up with the YouGov research firm on a systematic study of independent voters' views on the attack ads, told the Herald that he was "quite sceptical about the power of these ads" despite their record number. "They are pretty ephemeral, and they die out pretty quickly," he said.
  • 08/14/12  Providence for Manufacturing: The Cicilline Plan ( - By John Hudak - For much of the nation's history,manufacturing was a critical part of the broader economy and almost singlehandedly powered growth for generations. Of late, however, the manufacturing sector has faced serious struggles due to both domestic and international forces that have simultaneously changed needs at home and transferred tasks abroad.
  • 07/31/12  - Republicans dominate early voting Tennessee's 3rd district ( By Chris Carroll - "You can look at early voting as some indicator of how much enthusiasm there is for a particular candidate," said Josh Clinton, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University who studies elections. "It's about how much firepower the candidate has from his base."
  • 07/09/12  - Opening seen for Romney in Iowa ( By Jennifer Jacobs - Team Romney has started to ramp up Obama's intense focus on Iowa has made the war look asymmetrical. Since April, he has unleashed a torrent of TV advertising. cite: John Geer
  • 05/04/12  - Obama unleashes negative barrage ( "Romney is coming off a bruising nomination battle that raised some doubts about his character and wants to reintroduce himself to the American people," said John Geer, a Vanderbilt University expert on negative campaigns.
  • 05/04/12 - Obama unleashes negative barrage ( (Pakistan)
  • 05/02/12 - Two Vanderbilt professors elected to National Academy of Sciences By Ann Marie Deer Owens - "The NAS announced the selection of 84 new members on May 1. Among them were Vanderbilt's Larry Bartels, the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science..."
  • 04/17/12   - All in the family ( by Debbie Siegelbaum - For John Geer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University, that's just the nature of the political process.
  • 04/05/2012  - Obama campaign leaves Mitt Romney trailing as focus shifts to November ( By Ed Pilkington, Amanda Michel - But John Geer of Vanderbilt University, who has studied the impact of negative TV advertising, said it was not a matter of either/or. "Obama has a phenomenal organisational strategy, but he will also be incredibly well funded to have heavy TV advertising."
  • 04/04/12 - Shrinking paychecks may hurt Obama ( By Josh Boak - Vanderbilt University political scientist Larry Bartels said one of his models, based on the outcomes of elections from 1948 to 2008, shows that Obama will be the favorite if incomes grow by more than 1 percent over the course of the year.
  • 03/27/12 - Most Voters aren't Stupid ( By Matt Corley - This doesn't mean negative consequences to voter ignorance are nonexistent. Vanderbilt political scientist Larry Bartels found that "political ignorance matters—not only for individual votes, but also for election outcomes."
  • 03/26/12  - Romney and the Mormon Factor  ( By Albert R. Hunt - "This nomination would be in the bag if it weren't for the Mormon factor," says John Geer, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who works on the intersection of religion and politics.
  • 03/15/12 - The Other Glass Ceiling ( By Jamelle Bouie - Oppenheimer, working with Vanderbilt doctoral students Jennifer Selin and Gbemende Johnson, identified several major obstacles for black House members.
  • 02/26/12  - Poll: Santorum has big lead in Tenn (  By Michael Cass (Tennessean) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has brought his national momentum to Tennessee, outdistancing Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney by a nearly two-to-one margin among voters taking part in a new Vanderbilt University poll.
  • 02/26/12 - Presidential hopefuls Gingrich, Santorum descend on Nashville ( By Lauren Murphy - "That's probably the most surprising part about this poll is Newt Gingrich's support has in fact cratered," said John Geer, political science professor and co-director of the Vanderbilt University poll.
  • 02/16/12 - Advertising War Heats Up Before Michigan Primary (National Public Radio) By Bryan Naylor - "JOHN GEER: The idea that negativity itself becomes an issue in a campaign is, of course, interesting and speaks to the amount of negativity that's going on and it's something that's really only about 20 years old."
  • 02/08/12 - Resurgent Rick Santorum Beats Mitt Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado (  By Bobby Caina Calvan - Story cites John Geer -Rick Santorum catapulted back into the presidential limelight yesterday, soundly defeating front-runner Mitt Romney in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and the symbolic Missouri primary and casting doubt about the former Massachusetts governor's ability to win over conservatives in the nation's heartland.
  • 02/06/12 Political Ad Campaigns Bigger Than Ever (National Public Radio) Host: Audie Cornish - "GEER: Well, it's been really negative this year by any kind of standard."

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12/22/16 - CSDI Working Paper 2016-4 titled "Are Bipartisan Lawmakers More Effective?" has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman

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5/15/16 - CSDI Working Paper 2016 -1 titled "Social Exclusion and Political Identity: The Case of Asian American Partisanship" has been released. The paper is authored by Alexander Kuo, Neil Malhorta and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

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6/30/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-2 titled "Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Regulatory Personnel Turnover" has been released. The paper is authored by Kathleen M. Doherty, David E. Lewis and Scott Limbocker.

4/1/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-1 titled"Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession"has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

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Media Spotlight

Washington Post - Monkey Cage - 4/27/17 - Co-Director David Lewis demonstrates how "So far, Trump is really struggling as a chief executive. "

Washington Post - Monkey Cage - 3/2/17 - Co- Director David Lewis explains "Why Donald Trump needs the 'administrative state' that Steve Bannon wants to Destroy." - 2/2/2017 - Co- Director David Lewis explains how "President Trump can dampen the criticism by revving up his hiring machine."

The Hill - 2/5/17-  Co- Director David Lewis argues "Reducing federal debt will require Trump to take a holistic approach."

The Conversation - 1/26/17 - Co-Director David Lewis discusses the Trump administration and its handling of the federal workforce in "Trump takes on federal workforce of 2.8 million that's showing signs of stress."

Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 1/4/17 -  Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden discuss "How term limits for committee chairs make Congress less effective."

Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 1/3/17 -  Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden ask "Does bipartisanship even work in today's polarized Congress? Yes."

Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 11/9/16 - Co-Director Larry Bartels explains that "2016 was an ordinary election, not a realignment."

Vox - 10/14/16 -  Co-Director Larry Bartels and Chris Achen's book "Democracy For Realists" is described as  "...the best book to help you understand the wild 2016 campaign."

NY Times - 9/12/16 -  Co-Director Larry Bartels discusses "The Rise of Presidential Extremists."

NY Times - 5/23/16 - Co-Director Larry Bartels and Chris Achen ask "Do Sanders supporters favor his policies?"

Salon - 5/10/2016 -  Co-Director Larry Bartels research is discussed in Neal Garber's piece entitled "There are no Reagan Democrats: The GOP has become the party of rich, white, southerners."

Los Angeles Times - 5/9/16 - Co-Director John Geer and Lynn Vavreck's  SpotCheck project is mentioned in David Lauter's article "Why it took two weeks for a Donald Trump attack ad to anger people. "

Los Angeles Times - 5/2/16 - Co-Director Larry Bartels and Chris Achen argue "The Presidential Primaries are Out of Control - and the Party Conventions are Broken."  

Washington Post - 3/7/16 - Co-Director Larry Bartels economic voting model is used by Dr. Matthew Atkinson and Dr. Darin DeWitt to analyze the 2016 Presidential Race.

NBC News - 2/22/1- CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, Hannah Hartig and John Lapinski ask Where Will Bush Supporters Go?"

NBC News - 1/27/16 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carolyn Roush and Dr. John Lapinski explain "Where Sanders and Clinton are Dominating." 

The Guardian - 1/15/16 - CSDI affiliate Marc Hetherington asks "What would Lincoln do: is Obama right he would have better bridged the divide?"

NBC News - 1/5/16 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carolyn Roush and Dr. John Lapinski examine "How Republicans and Democrats Feel About Their Opponents."

Monkey Cage - 12/28/15 - CSDI affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden reveal the 10 most effective lawmakers in the US Congress

NBC News - 11/17/16 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carolyn Roush and Dr. John Lapinski explore the differences between Carson and Trump supporters.

VU Poll - November 2015 - 8/19/15 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carrie Roush, and Dr. John Lapinski, Director of the Elections Unit at NBC news take a closer look at Trump supporters.

Washington Post - 8/3/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and graduate affiliate Mark Richardson's Survey on the Future of Government Service is examined - 7/22/15 - CSDI Co-Director John Geer is quoted in an article about Donald Trump's participation in the upcoming republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

The Fiscal Times - 7/20/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis is quoted in an article about Jeb Bush's plan to reduce the federal workforce.

Newsweek -7/17/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis discusses "How to Keep Good People Working in Government."

Tennessean - 7/10/15 - CSDI Co-Directors Joshua Clinton and John Geer Op-Ed, "Beware of Internal Polls to Name Nashville's Next Mayor


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