The December-January partial shutdown of the government is still fresh on the minds of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Is a deal close?
Matt GrossmannA lot happening on climate-related spending behind the scenes in Congress (but now it’s easy to say more $ for everything); if Democrats really have newly prioritized climate over other domestic policy concerns, it should show up in the budget negotiations
To date, the literature on corruption scandals in Congress focuses exclusively on their consequences. Using theory that directs analyses of the causes of corrup...
Matt GrossmannCongressional Corruption Scandals are associated with cultivated relationships, positions of power, districts with perceived tolerance for corruption, & racial minority legislators
This article examines effects of political party affiliation on U.S. young adults’ political participation across age and historical time. Using national U.S. l...
Matt GrossmannPolitical engagement & partisanship declined for young adults from 1976-2003. Partisanship had a consistent positive effect on electoral participation across age & cohort
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Matt GrossmannBest new human evolution book:
"Becoming Human" by Michael Tomasello
Developmental psych using ape-child & cross-cultural comparisons
Kids to age 7 uniquely develop shared intentionality for cooperation, cultural learning, prosociality, norms, & morality
Public concern about climate change is difficult to motivate. This study finds an increase in climate change concern among parents after their middle school-aged children participated in a climate change school curriculum.
Matt GrossmannAn educational intervention built climate change concern among parents indirectly through their middle school-aged children, especially conservative parents & fathers. Daughters were especially effective
Legislators have the potential for credit claiming from agency spending in a congressional district only when the awarded contracts or grants are sufficiently l...
Matt Grossmannfederal agencies responded to the 2006 election by allocating larger contracts to Democratic districts, especially those agencies whose programs received lower scores on the administration’s Program Assessment Rating Tool
Matt GrossmannHow Medicaid & Obamacare drive voting
@povertyscholar finds Medicaid mobilizes voters, if it’s generous & well-run by states & localities
@vkoganosu finds Obamacare helps Dems, but a late price hike helped Trump
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Matt GrossmannI was the guest on The Politics Guys podcast this week, interviewed about my book, Artists of The Possible; Governing Networks & American Policy Change Since 1945, about broad trends in US policy & the centrality of insider coalitions.
Consistent confirmations obtained independently of each other lend credibility to a scientific result. We refer to results satisfying this consistency as reproducible and assume that reproducibility is a desirable property of scientific discovery....
Matt Grossmannscientific process may not converge to truth even if results are reproducible; variety of research strategies represented in the scientific population, scientists’ choices of methodology, the complexity of truth, & the strength of signal all contribute
An experiment shows that complex technologies need not result from our superior causal reasoning abilities but, instead, can emerge from the accumulation of improvements across generations without requiring understanding of how these technologies...
Matt GrossmannBecause people produce simplistic models on salient dimension, rather than create multidimensional causal theories, complex technologies need not evolve from better causal reasoning but can emerge from accumulation of small improvements across generations