The Science of Politics

Friday, February 15, 2013: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Ballroom A (Hynes Convention Center)
“Politics” is an elusive phenomenon, with popular perception focusing on the importance of factors that do not seem subject to scientific inquiry; perhaps this is why National Science Foundation funding of the discipline has been under attack in Congress. However, even the founding figures of the United States viewed politics as if they were governed by logical processes. This panel focuses on emerging approaches within the discipline, with a focus on methods and ideas that have crossed over from other sciences, from molecular (genetic) analyses to international institutional determinants of political outcomes. The modern science of politics has revealed the substantial structure of political behavior and how institutions are shaped by and shape political behavior. The methods presented include field experimental work on political behavior, game theoretic approaches to politics, genetic foundations for political behavior, and network science–based approaches to political science.
David Lazer, Northeastern University
Barbara Jasny, AAAS/Science
Barbara Jasny, AAAS/Science
Susan Hyde, Yale University
The Diffusion of Democratic Norms
David Lazer, Northeastern University
Network Science Meets Political Science
Rose McDermott, Brown University
Biological Influences on Political Outcomes
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