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Support NSF funding for Political Science Research

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The National Science Foundation's program must continue to support high quality research in political science.

The mission of the NSF is ?to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.? These are concerns shared by the citizens of the United States and its elected leaders, and they are directly addressed by NSF-funded political science research. How can government become more efficient? What causes terrorism? How does technology influence democratization in the developing world? When do sanctions work? This research provides profoundly valuable insights about our current world.

In the end, rigorous, evidence-based research on political science is important because politics can dramatically change the lives of citizens - because politics and goverment change lives.
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Apr 11th, 2013
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Apr 8th, 2013
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Cutting money from education makes no sense. The U.S. can't compete without an educated citizenary.
Apr 8th, 2013
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Someone from Lafayette, IN writes:
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Allowing Republican members of Congress to silence researchers because they produce research that is critical of their political agenda undercuts not only the independence and autonomy of scientific work but also undermines the strength of our democracy.
Apr 8th, 2013
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Apr 7th, 2013
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The study of political engagement and the improvement of civic education is essential to a representative democracy. Political Scientists are interested in how people think about, behave and participate in, political activity. An engaged citizenry is ESSENTIAL to our political system.
Apr 7th, 2013
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Apr 7th, 2013
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Dear Senator, I have never written a letter to a representative in my life. I am a political scientist at Wellesley College, and formerly a lawyer at a major NY law firm. I went into political science to work on big research projects requiring public funding to do national surveys. I study American Politics, so the new amendment does not seem to aid in helping me get future funding. Please do not let this happen; my career change meant a huge drop in salary for me, and if I can't get future research funded and published, this career will go nowhere. This isn't the bargain I struck when going into political science. Nancy Scherer Associate Professor Wellesley College
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Apr 5th, 2013
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Disappointed.
Apr 5th, 2013
Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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The efforts to restrict and defund political science NSF funding are short sighted. Our discipline is vast and produces all kinds of crucial research that lead to better understanding of the operation of democratic systems of governance and the absence thereof. To single out this discipline to meet a cramped "higher" standard to qualify for NSF really is shooting oneself in the foot if one at all cares about democracy. One's gut or ideology cannot be substituted for data, evidence, and rigorous examination to further our knowledge collective national knowledge of politics here and around the world.
Apr 5th, 2013
Someone from Clive, IA writes:
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As a scholar whose research was funded by NSF, and as someone who has served in government and plans to to do so following graduation, I am appalled by Congress' choice. Do our members of Congress really believe that research about the social and health costs of the massive environmental damage occurring in China is unhelpful and unworthy of funding? Environmental issues relate to China's political stability (which will likely be a problem for the U.S. in the future if it isn't already) and directly negatively impact air quality in the western United States. I am at a loss. And as I look outside of my own projects, I am further awed by the research projects my colleagues and classmates take on, projects that help people understand problems that cause starvation, illness, war, and genocide. Do we not care enough abut genocide to want to prevent it from happening ever again? The only way to prevent it is to understand it, and Congress is undermining our ability to do so. It is, quite simply, shameful.
Apr 5th, 2013
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NSF research is important to our country and our citizens
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Apr 5th, 2013
Someone from Denver, CO writes:
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Please continue to support evidence-based research that helps us understand how our policy processes and political instituitons work, what can make them more effective and efficient, and how different political processes and institutions compare. If anyone should realize the importance of understanding these issues it is our elected officials. The singling out of political science for funding restrictions is biased and indicates that our elected officials are misinformed about what political scientists do.
Apr 5th, 2013
Someone from Miami, FL writes:
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Funding research of any kind is important. I thank Congress for being less restrictive, but there is a lot in Political Science that needs research.
Apr 5th, 2013
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Someone from Urbana, IL writes:
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Politics and political outcomes are intertwined with economic outcomes, and the latter cannot be fully understood without better understanding of the political forces driving policy
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