Why Do Corporations Engage in LGBT Rights Activism?

Maks-Solomon, Cory, and Josiah Drewry. 2018. “Corporate Activism on LGBT Rights.” In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
  • Most recent draft of the paper is available here. And the appendix is available here.
Companies with LGBT employee groups made more public statements in support of LGBT rights–but only in highly-educated (high-skilled) workforces, where they have bargaining power with their employers.

The featured image shows the number of statements made by large corporations in support of LGBT rights by employee education (the percentage of non-management employees with a bachelor’s degree). Companies in the left panel had no LGBT employee group (ERG) while companies in the right panel did have an LGBT employee group.

Are Democrats Really the Party of the Poor?: Partisanship, Class, and Representation in the U.S. Senate

SPSA: Rigby, Elizabeth, and Cory Maks-Solomon. 2018. “Who Represents the Rich? Who Represents the Poor?” In Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

APSA: Rigby, Elizabeth, and Cory Maks-Solomon. 2017. “Are the Rich Always Better Represented than the Poor?” In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

  • Comments on the draft are welcome. Most recent draft can be found here. (And the Online Appendix is available here.)
  • This research received media coverage at Vox.
Rich and poor Republicans are more in agreement on social issues than they are on economic issues; meanwhile, rich and poor Democrats are in absolute agreement on economic issues but rich Democrats are more liberal than poor Democrats on social issues.

For each quintile (1 = poor; 5 = rich), the average ideology is plotted with a normally-distributed confidence interval surrounding it. The x-axis represents the percentage of issues that the respondent took a conservative stance, ranging from 0% to 80% of the issues.

Direct Election and Economic Policy Voting in the U.S. Senate: Responsiveness to States, Voters, and Special Interests

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Maks-Solomon, Cory. 2018. “Direct Election and Economic Policy Voting in the U.S. Senate.” In Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

  • Roll call votes codebook available here.
  • Replication data and Stata do-file available here.
  • The featured image shows all Oregon Plan states that adopted a form of de facto direct election before the implementation of the 17th Amendment. (Source: Kenny and Rush 1990)