Seattle's minimum wage increase did not change crime or employment rates
The drive to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the US is gathering steam—though it is hotly contested by those on the right of the political spectrum. Some interesting new research has killed off two popular assumptions upon which both sides have relied.
Campaign promises more likely to be kept by governments run by women
Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises. Promises are even more likely to be kept when women in government assume leadership roles.
Guilty! Richard III did murder "the Princes in the Tower"
King Richard III’s involvement in one of the most notorious and emotive mysteries in English history may be a step closer to being solved. One of the ultimate cold cases.
Explained: Political polarization
Polarization is a social phenomenon in which a population divides into belligerent groups with rigidly opposed beliefs and identities that inhibit cooperation and undermine pursuit of a common good. New research links political polarization to economic inequality.
Conservatives and liberals motivated by different psychological factors
Psychological research on the different motives underlying support for liberal versus conservative leaders and agendas can help to explain why one group is much more focused on promoting equality and social justice than the other.
Most nations failing to protect nature in COVID-19 pandemic recovery plans
Some countries, including the United States, Brazil and Australia, are back-tracking on existing laws and relaxing regulations and enforcement actions aimed at protecting nature.
Candidates who lie more likely to win elections
Pundits tell us endlessly that the public has grown tired of candidates who say one thing on the election trail then do another when in office, yet they are still the ones more likely to gain our vote.
Higher narcissism may be linked with more political participation
A politically engaged electorate is key to any thriving democracy, but not everyone participates in elections and other political activities. People with higher levels of narcissism—a trait combining selfishness, entitlement and a need for admiration—were more likely to participate in politics.
Warning: Epidemics are often followed by unrest
From the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, history teaches that social tension accumulated over an epidemic can lead to significant episodes of rebellion. Perhaps the same will be true of COVID.
US political parties become extremist to get more votes
The two major US political parties have been getting more and more polarized since World War II, while historical data indicates the average American voter remains just as moderate on key issues and policies as they always have been.
'Price of life' lowest in UK during COVID-19 pandemic
In a cross-country comparison across nine nations, researchers used epidemiological modelling to calculate how many lives were lost through delaying lockdown, estimating that a UK lockdown date just three days earlier would have saved 20,000 lives.
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