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In October 2016, one month before the fight for the next US President was over, we compiled a selection of our latest research to provide you with academic insight into political elections.

Find out more about politics in the digital world, the power of imagery in political speeches and the use of social media in assessing the political sentiment, amongst others.

What might the "American Dream" look like by the year 2035?

This infographic summarises an article from Strategy & Leadership which explores four potential scenarios for opportunity in the United States. Click on the image to view the full infographic.

American Dream infographic.

What are the effects of political skill on an individual's intent to deceive?

The study "Exploring political skill and deception" reveals that those who have high levels of political skill are more confident in and feel less guilt about deception.

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Politics in the digital world

Social media has become an integral part of election campaigning, but how does Senate candidates' messaging on these channels compare to broadcast media? In the latest special issue of Online Information Review on the theme of social networking and political participation, research reveals that the messaging is often similar, but Twitter has a unique role to play.

A further study in this special issue examines whether personal and interactive communication on Twitter increases political involvement among citizens through social presence and perceived expertise.

A study from Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy suggests that government officials need to treat social media as a channel for input and knowledge about the concerns of citizen groups as well as  integrating it into the formal processes of decision making on policy issues.

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Online vs real world opinion

Do public opinion and political sentiments expressed on Twitter during election campaign have a meaning and message? Can they be used to estimate the political mood prevailing among the masses? Can they also be used to reliably predict the election outcome?

A study published in our Book Series: Studies in Media and Communications explores these questions based on the Indian 2014 general election.

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The power of imagery in political speeches

The use of imagery in leadership speeches is becoming increasingly important in shaping the beliefs and actions of followers. This study from the Leadership & Organization Development Journal investigates the use of speech imagery and linguistic features of Barack Hussein Obama and John McCain's speeches during the 2008 US Presidential Election.

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How inclusive are political elections?

A recent study from Tizard Learning Disability Review considers the participation of people with a learning disability in the lead-up to the 2015 UK general election. It looks at participation and the barriers people face to engage in the national debate as well as the process of registering to vote and voting itself.

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Who can we trust?

Our recent article from the Journal of Management Development which highlights how trust violations can incur a bigger backlash when they are incongruent with gender roles was recently featured on Science Newsline, "Saying Sorry Not Enough When Trust, Gender Roles Broken, Just Ask Clinton And Trump".

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From the public office to the boardroom

Do corporate firms benefit from appointing former politicians to their boards or management teams thanks to their political connections? And does the metaphotrical "revolving door" swing both ways enabling movement from the corporate world to public office?

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