political science

How the urban-rural divide shapes elections

The geographic divide, which pits Democratic voters living mostly in cities against Republicans in exurban and rural areas, has an impact on representation and policymaking, Stanford scholar Jonathan Rodden says.

Why Medicare and Social Security keep growing

While U.S. federal entitlement program expenditures are intricately woven into the fabric of American society, they have grown into a costly burden with a reach far beyond what was originally intended, Stanford scholar John Cogan says.

Political scientist studies apocalyptic political rhetoric

Alison McQueen’s research shows that apocalyptic rhetoric can make wars, natural disasters and economic collapse easier to understand. Although it can rouse people to action, such rhetoric also carries great peril.

Political reckoning of authoritarians in the face of crises

Political scientist Anna Grzymala-Busse finds that authoritarians face a choice in the face of change: try to cling to power, exit governing or reinvent themselves as democrats. It’s those who reinvent themselves as newly minted democrats who fare the worst in the long run.