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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

Current Issue: Elections in America
Edited by: Larry Bartels

Divisive party politics, unconventional campaigning, shifting and unpredictable voting behavior, and electoral accountability mark this election cycle, and our nation’s leading political scholars weigh in on key features of the 2016 election in the latest issue of The ANNALS. They study America’s dynamic sociopolitical scene in a historic election, explaining how racial and demographic change is affecting presidential politics, the nature of populism, and the impact of political campaigning.

Distinguished political scientists look at the nature of the ideological cleavages within the Democratic and Republican parties, the role of populism in the rise of Donald Trump, and the political legacy of Barack Obama. They also situate the 2016 election in the broader landscape of American politics, elucidating the relationship between elections and government and the prospects for major shifts in the American party system. Along the way, they challenge popular beliefs about the impact of campaigning, the electoral cost of ideological extremity, the responsiveness of candidates to their partisan bases, and the relationship between national and local elections.

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Featured Fellow

Janet Currie, 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University; and Director of the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Dr. Currie is widely regarded as one of the leading economists contributing to the analysis of public policy.  She combines a passion for intellectual inquiry with scrupulous objectivity and even-handedness in her research.  Her major focus is on the health and well-being of children, which has culminated in her recent book The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation’s Poor Children and Families (Princeton University Press 2008). Her current research is breaking new ground with analysis of environmental threats to children’s health from sources such as toxic pollutants. She has served as Vice President of the American Economic Association and has been elected President of the Society of Labor Economists. Dr. Currie is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.