Policy Studies Commons Copyright (c) 2009 Policy Studies Organization All rights reserved. http://www.psocommons.org Recent documents in Policy Studies Commons en-us Sat, 03 Oct 2023 06:46:28 PDT 3600 Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 5 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/5 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/5 Wed, 30 Sep 2023 13:59:36 PDT Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval A Partisan Education? How Education Extends Partisan Divisions over Facts http://www.psocommons.org/resources/2 http://www.psocommons.org/resources/2 Thu, 10 Sep 2023 12:48:00 PDT The theory of motivated political reasoning states that people's motives fall into two broad categories: (1) accuracy, where people seek to reach a correct or accurate conclusion, and (2) partisan, where people apply their reasoning as a defense of a prior conclusion. We utilize this duality to study four areas of partisan dispute over factual information - Weapons of Mass Destruction, global warming, the origins of humans, and the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. Education served as proxy for accuracy while partisan motives were represented by party identification. Interactions between motives yield strong and compelling evidence that partisan motivations prevail over accuracy. In most instances, education deepened partisan divisions over relevant facts. We discuss the implications of our findings for motivation reasoning and democratic theory. Our primary concern resides with the inability of education to overcome powerful partisan motives in political dialogue. Don Haider-Markel Using e-government to reinforce government-citizen relationships: Comparing government reform in the United States and China http://www.psocommons.org/resources/1 http://www.psocommons.org/resources/1 Thu, 10 Sep 2023 12:46:50 PDT A comparison of the United States and China shows that electronic government (e-government) can be used to enhance citizens' access to government as much as government's access to citizens. Both countries are using e-government initiatives as vehicles to improve internal efficiencies and provide better services to their citizens. However, in the case of the United States, e-government also represents an opportunity to infuse business principles into the government-citizen relationship (results-oriented government). In the case of China, e-government represents a means to bring sub-national levels of government under greater scrutiny and control of the central government, as it reinforces monopoly control over the government-ciizen relationship (transparency with security. Further comparative analysis along three dimensions suggests that while technology can play an important role in fostering the redistribution of power and encouraging interactions between governments and citizens, the notion of "government reform" carries many different connotations. Jeffrey Seifert Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 4 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/4 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/4 Tue, 21 Jul 2023 12:05:29 PDT Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 4 Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 3 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/3 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/3 Tue, 21 Jul 2023 12:04:14 PDT Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 3 Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 2 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/2 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/2 Tue, 21 Jul 2023 11:55:18 PDT Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 2 Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 1 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/1 http://www.psocommons.org/psoproceedings/1 Fri, 17 Jul 2023 07:29:50 PDT Proceedings of the PSO, New Series no. 1 Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval