Politics & Government Research

Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect

January 25, 2012, 2:26 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2011 Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets, Salesforce.com; Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: A Shift in Power In the information economy, data is power and we face a…

Gone Rogue: Time to Reform the Presidential Primary Debates

January 1, 2012, 2:37 pm
By Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2011 Political Communications Strategist; Vice Chairman Hill+Knowlton Strategies Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: How would the course of history been altered had P.T. Barnum moderated the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858? Today’s…

Reflections on Public Service

August 15, 2011, 1:52 pm
By Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra, fall 2011 fellow, shares his reflections on public service, which included the positions of the first U.S. Chief Information Officer in President Obama’s administration, Chief Technology Officer in Mayor Fenty’s cabinet in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of Commerce…

Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network

April 25, 2011, 2:45 pm
By Alexis Gelber

Alexis Gelber Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2011 Formerly, Newsweek magazine Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt: In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama emerged as the champion of new media by using social networking tools in innovative ways to…

Restoring Comity to Congress

January 1, 2011, 3:05 pm
By Charles Gibson

Charles Gibson Shorenstein Center Reidy Fellow, Fall 2010 Former anchor, ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt It should not be surprising that long-time members of Congress talk nostalgically about “the old days” when friendships…

Ants at the Picnic: A Status Report on News Coverage of State Government

May 25, 2010, 3:44 pm
By Gene Gibbons

Gene Gibbons Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Former Executive Editor, Stateline.org Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Introduction I borrowed a wonderful quote from Ross Ramsey, managing editor of The Texas Tribune, for the title of this discussion paper….

Fanning the Flames: The News Media’s Role in the Rise of Negativity in Presidential Campaigns

February 1, 2010, 4:04 pm
By John G. Geer

John G. Geer Shorenstein Center Fellow, Fall 2009 Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Summary “Ads are about news coverage these days.” Mark McKinnon, November 2009 The rise of negativity in presidential campaigns…

Changes in Media Polling in Recent Presidential Campaigns: Moving from Good to “Average” at CNN

June 1, 2009, 3:25 pm
By Michael W. Traugott

A paper by Michael W. Traugott, spring 2009 fellow, details the problematic rise of the “poll of polls,” an average of other organizations’ recent data rather than new information gathered by the news organization itself. This paper reviews how polling…

Would You Ask Turkeys to Mandate Thanksgiving? The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency

June 1, 2008, 4:08 pm
By J.H. Snider

J.H. Snider, spring 2008 fellow, discusses problems with government transparency, and the feasibility of potential solutions in two papers. Paper #1: The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents legislators from infringing on the…

Exit Polls: Better or Worse Since the 2000 Election?

January 1, 2008, 4:12 pm
By Robin Sproul

A paper by Robin Sproul, fall 2007 fellow, details the growing problems with exit polls. Sproul writes that “the six news organizations that jointly conduct exit polls, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and the Associated Press have been on a…