A scholar of political deception says there is something especially deceitful about George Santos, and his success getting elected demonstrates mastery of something more than just pathological lying.
We found lobbying registers were hard to navigate and not detailed enough.
Many years beyond the average American retirement age, politicians vie for power and influence. Their constituents tend to prefer they step back and pass the torch to younger people.
When politicians talk more about their personal lives and less about politics, it makes people from the opposing side of the political line see them as people and like them more.
While there are minimum age requirements for people who want to hold political office in the US, there are no limits on when someone must retire.
Our research highlights three key reasons for declining trust in experts, and how to regain their authority in future.
Those who seek power for the sake of power are less attracted to high office when more people get a say.
Ghana’s flawed democracy has failed to establish mechanisms to effectively control corruption.
Research suggests that women may be underrepresented in politics because parties act as gatekeepers and tend to choose men over women as candidates.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, politicians from a range of parties and countries have reported losing respect for experts.
Politicians dropping the f-bomb tend to be seen as acting out of emotion, but the way we use taboo language is often about what we can accomplish by violating rules.
Checks on information shared by politicians in Europe and the US showed those in the US shared more untrustworthy material.
The public expects transparency about politicians’ earnings, but it’s not the only area where elite groups have an advantage.
Social influencers vie for public attention in a crowded market place. This makes the bold and the ruthless even more likely to opt for strategic dishonesty if it will further their interests.
Anti-celebrity politicians succeed by styling themselves as authentic alternatives to more showy statesmen.
Politics has become a low-trust, high-blame environment that has left public servants under near constant threat of attack.
When contacting your political representative about climate change, messages that show you’ve made effort and those that have a personal touch can be more persuasive.
Only 7% of Australia’s federal MPs have backgrounds in science. What would it look like if they were a majority?
Why companies (and political parties) should screen leadership candidates for psychopathy and narcissism.
In both countries, neglect and misinformation at the highest levels of government led to undue tragedy.