GSPM Working Papers

Graduate School of Political Management professors and researchers are constantly developing projects that locate and refine best practices in applied politics, communications, and advocacy. 

We're sharing these works in progress with you so that you can get a better indication of what we do here at GSPM.

Working Research Papers

The Tech Sector and Civic Responsibility: Online Approaches to Election Day 2016

For an election to run properly, three things must occur: 1) everyone who wants to vote and is eligible to vote can do so, 2) the votes are counted accurately, and 3) a heavy majority of people in the jurisdiction must believe that 1 and 2 on the whole occurred. Civic tech, the activities by corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations to help achieve these goals in a non-partisan manner through technology, aim to help individuals navigate through the process of information gathering, registering, and voting in elections. In the event transcript here, representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Democracy Works discuss the approaches they are taking and the hurdles they have encountered during this election cycle. Read the full paper here

Targeting Voters Through Social Media: The Use of Twitter in the 2015 UK General Election

The two sides in the UK general election, Labour and Tory, were generally believed to employ different social media strategies during the 2015. Observers noted that Labour used social media to communicate purely with core supporters. The Tories, however, appeared to use the medium to target and engage persuadeable voters. The full working paper details a new outreach categorization structure and determines which parties used the different approaches to social media outreach. Read the full paper here

The Saudi Municipal Council Elections: Gender, Tribalism, and Religious Identity, 2005-2015

Municipal elections in Saudi Arabia have undergone a transformation from their start in 2005. This working paper from Dalal Alswaid examines the successes of three types of candidate: the cleric-based Islamic, elder-backed tribal, and media-networked liberal, as well as the emergence of female candidates in the 2015 election. The paper concludes with recommendations and predictions for women who will run in subsequent municipal elections. Read the full paper here.

A Confrontation Analysis of the Republican Party’s Existential Crisis

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Republican Party regulars continue to be at odds with the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, as they head to their party’s convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Ahead of them lie five scenarios for that event, each with distinct cost distributions and time horizons for the players involved. GSPM Research Director and Associate Professor Michael Cornfield, along with GSPM Adjunct Professors Mary Crannell and Ben Sheppard, examine how the party could move forward to limit the damage of the Donald could have on the party’s brand in the future. Read the full paper here.

The GOP Needs 2020 Vision to Get Through 2016

After concluding their spring meetings in Hollywood, Florida the Republican party must prepare for repercussions from events that may occur at its nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio. GSPM Research Director and Associate Professor Michael Cornfield, along with GSPM Adjunct Professors Mary Crannell and Ben Sheppard, outline how the party should look to future election cycles to think through how it chooses to navigate this campaign season. Read the full paper here.