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Effective Government Transitions Project

The peaceful transfer of power is a fundamental part of democratic societies. The Effective Government Transitions Project brings CDCE’s substantive and methodological expertise to newly elected administrations in local and state governments to help ensure they are prepared to meet the needs of the communities they represent.

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Civic Engagement and Participation

CDCE faculty research topics include voter registration, voting convenience, and voting technology with an aim to learn what reforms will increase the number of Americans that vote and contribute to American democracy.

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Political Survey Methods and Experience

This unique course combines traditional academic learning with real-world experience. Students learn about and design survey questions in class and then work with the instructor to place select questions in the field on either a survey with a major news organization or an academic research study.

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State, Local, and Maryland Politics

CDCE is located near Maryland’s state capital, and many faculty study Maryland state government and politics, including voter identification laws and local compliance with federal civil rights laws.

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Race and Ethnicity in Politics

Faculty study how race and ethnicity affect American politics and policy, specifically researching voter participation within specific groups, such as Latinos and African Americans. 

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Immigration Politics

CDCE faculty members study immigration politics and policy, including topics such as immigration enforcement, public opinion toward immigration, and the privatization of immigration control.

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The Politics of Young Generations

CDCE faculty research Millennials’ and Generation Z's attitudes towards and participation in American politics. Some studies include voter turnout among college students and where college students should vote.

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CDCE is also located just a few Metro stops away from downtown Washington, D.C. Many of our faculty members research congressional issues including how group dynamics affect cosponsorship, electoral pressures, and constituency interests.

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Archived Reports

Archived reports from CDCE.

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