Past Events

April 23, 2014






April 21, 2014

Why do foreign enterprises experience more labor protests than domestic enterprises in authoritarian states? This paper argues that presence of anti-foreign sentiment is one of the factors that induce higher incidence of labor protests at foreign enterprises. Evidence from a survey experiment in China reveals that anti-foreign sentiment produces higher willingness to engage in a labor protest at foreign enterprises mainly for three reasons.

April 18, 2014

The PSGSA is hosting a Panel discussion on the Crimea crisis. Political Science professors Steve Krasner, Mike McFaul, and Ken Schultz will share their thoughts on the recent events in Ukraine. The panel will take place on Friday, April 18, in the GSL from 11:30am-1pm (the regular IR workshop time) and lunch will be provided. Don't miss it and mark your calendars now!

April 16, 2014
We implement a novel approach for the detection of publication bias in the social sciences. We leverage TESS (Timeshare Experiments in the Social Sciences), a National Science Foundation sponsored program where researchers propose survey-based experiments to be run on a nationally representative sample. This allows us to analyze a known population of conducted studies, and we therefore have a full accounting of what is published and unpublished. We find substantial evidence of publication bias in the social sciences. The published literature is much more likely to contain significant findings than insignificant findings.
April 14, 2014

While an economic dimension of partisan conflict over taxation and redistribution has been at the heart of democratic politics at least since the rise of mass suffrage in most industrial democracies, policy disagreements related to religion and moral values have continued to provide structure to political conflict in many societies around the world. Among advanced industrial democracies, a cleavage related to religion and morality is the only division that has consistently rivaled social class over the last century (Caramani 2004; Dalton 2008). In the United States, a large literature tracks the recent revival of this dimension and its replacement of race as the clear second dimension in U.S.

April 11, 2014



A J Julius teaches philosophy at UCLA. He is writing a short book about rationality and freedom


April 9, 2014

A persistent puzzle in contemporary American politics is the polarization of political officeholders. One possible cause is the two-stage electoral process in the United States, which requires candidates to secure a nomination from their party prior to contesting a general election. We offer a theory of the costs that candidates incur when they change their positions on policy issues over time, and consider how these costs will influence the strategic choices of candidates who enter the second stage of a two-stage election with divergent policy positions. We test our theory using a conjoint experimental design that presents subjects with a choice between two candidates who have a set of randomly assigned characteristics.