We Cannot Just Moderate Extremism Away

This post first appeared on Items. In the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, the role of social media in propagating extremism was once again under scrutiny. However, as Deana Rohlinger’s research demonstrates, stronger moderation policies alone would fail to account for the many ways that users express political beliefs through…

FSU’s Institute of Politics: Policy Making in the 117th Congress

The post is based on a webinar sponsored by the Institute of Politics at Florida State University. The Institute of Politics at Florida State University presents Representative Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Representative Al Lawson (D-FL). Dunn and Lawson engage in discussions on the upcoming 117th Congress and how to best navigate lawmaking in these polarizing…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Is State Safety Net Capacity Adequate to Meet Basic Needs?

The decentralization of welfare allows governments to experiment and create a variety of goods in response to differences in constituent pressures, institutional constraints, and resource constraints. An important measure of the performance of a state’s social safety net is how effective it is at protecting the less fortunate during a contracting economy. State governments influence…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Metcalf from International Studies

What is your name?Dr. Lee Metcalf  What kind of work do you do in the College?Among other things, I am the director of the International Studies degree programs. Why did you decide to work at an academic institution? I was an FSU political science major who became absolutely fascinated with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe…

Black Women Business Owners’ Struggles and Survival Strategies

This was first posted on January 27, 2020. According to the 2018 Report on the State of Women Owned Businesses, Black women-owned businesses experienced the highest growth rate (164%) of all women-owned businesses from 2017 to 2018. An appealing alternative to the formal labor market, entrepreneurship provides Black women the opportunity to escape hostile working…

Income Tax Withholding and Government Growth

Prior to World War II most Americans paid no income tax. The standard deduction was high enough that people who had factory or office jobs didn’t earn enough income to owe any income tax. That changed when the standard deduction was lowered in 1940 (and again in 1941 and 1942) to raise revenues to finance…