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The Difference Between Politics and Government, Explained

In a blog last week, I wrote about the difference between the terms "politics" and "law." But what about the comparison between politics and government? Here, I explain some of the hallmark distinctions. What Is Government? By various sources, government is defined as “the governing body of a nation, state, or community" or “the political direction and [...]

By | 2016-08-09T12:09:00+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Nathan Sproul, Politics 101|Comments Off on The Difference Between Politics and Government, Explained

The Difference Between Politics and Law, Explained

Are politics and law the same? In what ways are they similar? When, where, and how do they intersect? These are just a few of the questions that anyone, especially someone who is informed and curious, might ask a veteran political insider. Quite frequently, the term "politics" is misconstrued as "law" and "government." While all three of the areas certainly intersect and work [...]

By | 2016-07-29T19:15:13+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Nathan Sproul, Politics 101|Comments Off on The Difference Between Politics and Law, Explained

Politics and Ethics (Yes, They Can Coexist.)

If the title of this blog grabbed you, it might be because you think those two words—politics and ethics—are mutually exclusive. Political ethics is a loaded term that means different things to different people. Often, when we speak of ethics in politics, we’re referring to political morality which Oxford Dictionaries defines as “the ethics, or [...]

By | 2016-07-26T21:38:45+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Nathan Sproul, Politics 101|Comments Off on Politics and Ethics (Yes, They Can Coexist.)

How Boomers and Millennials Get Political News

There is a certain dichotomy that exists between the Baby Boomers and today’s Millennials, and it’s not just their age or their music genre of choice. As new and emerging technologies elbow their way into the marketplace, we’re presented with sleek and seamless modern means of staying connected to our friends, posting photos of our [...]

By | 2016-10-12T21:12:30+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Industry News and Research|Comments Off on How Boomers and Millennials Get Political News

The Language of Political Speeches

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University conducted a readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches, finding most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in junior high school (grades six through eight). The analysis took place before the race had been narrowed down to two candidates. The researches performed a historical review of speeches given by [...]

By | 2016-10-13T15:26:41+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Industry News and Research|Comments Off on The Language of Political Speeches

Americans Believe Civility Is in Decline

Do you believe civility in America is on the decline? Before you answer, go to your Facebook page and see what people are saying about the latest hot-button issue. Disagreements between different individuals will always be a given, but that does not mean people cannot still be civil to one another. Civility in General According to a [...]

By | 2016-10-12T20:59:51+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Industry News and Research|Comments Off on Americans Believe Civility Is in Decline

Liberal, Conservative, Progressive: What’s in a Name?

Columnist Glenn Beck published a terrific piece this month, “We Must Define Words So They Don’t Define Us,” about communicating across the aisle to friends, family and colleagues who might not share your political views. "The more I engage with those who don’t share my views, the more I realize how seldom we actually communicate," he [...]

By | 2016-10-12T21:01:41+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Politics 101|Comments Off on Liberal, Conservative, Progressive: What’s in a Name?

How Do Get-Out-The-Vote Campaigns Work?

By now, you've probably heard of a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign? A GOTV campaign focuses on getting more citizens to the voting booth in every election. There are many grassroots and national campaigns working towards this goal and in 2014, Washington Post stated GOTV efforts resulted in 7 percent more voter turnout in [...]

By | 2016-10-12T20:30:41+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Political Involvement|Comments Off on How Do Get-Out-The-Vote Campaigns Work?

The Business of Politics: How the Political Consulting Industry Works

From state representatives to presidential candidates, anyone running for office needs to understand the business of politics. And no one knows the business of politics better than political consultants, who play a crucial role in getting people elected to office. While industry rumor mills will have you believe that political consulting is, for lack of a better word, a [...]

By | 2016-10-12T20:35:07+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Politics 101|Comments Off on The Business of Politics: How the Political Consulting Industry Works