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Monday, June 8, 2015
Studying Politics or Playing Politics? Scholarly Experiments Sometimes Blur the Line
The Chronicle of Higher Education June 5, 2015
Before it fell apart, Michael J. LaCour’s study of political canvassing tactics was timely not just for what he supposedly discovered, but for how he discovered it.
In order to figure out whether gay-marriage advocates could actually change people’s minds about the issue by having brief conversations on their doorsteps, Mr. LaCour, a University of California at Los Angeles graduate student, designed an experiment.