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Politics on Display

Check out the website for my new co-authored book: Politics on Display.

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Research Guide Update

I have updated my Guide to Writing Research Papers in Political Science.  The guide addresses a range of topics. After summarizing the six parts of a research paper, I offer some suggestions on how one goes about selecting and refining a research question. I then discuss the development and writing of each of the sections of the research paper (including sections on variables and the data matrix) and conclude with a section on sourcing. Along the way I discuss common problems that students face when writing a research paper and offer some suggestions about how to overcome them.

You can download the newest version here.

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Living With Inequality

Jeff Lyons and I have published “Living with Inequality: Neighborhood Income Diversity and Perceptions of the Income Gap” in the journal American Politics Research.  Here is the abstract:

This article explores whether the places where people live—and specifically the diversity of incomes where people live—influence views about income inequality. Using a unique survey of New York City that contains geographic identifiers and questions about attitudes toward inequality, coupled with a rich array of Census data, we assess the degree to which the income diversity within spatially customized neighborhood boundaries influences beliefs about inequality. We find consistent evidence that attitudes about inequality are influenced by the places where people live—those who are exposed to more income diversity near their homes perceive larger gaps between the rich and everybody else, and are more likely to believe that the gap should be smaller. Moreover, this effect appears to be especially pronounced among those with lower educational attainment and at either end of the income spectrum.

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