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Amendment to NSF Funding Bill Would Eliminate Political Science Research Programs

Rep. Flake is planning to introduce an amendment to prohibit funds from being used for the National Science Foundation Political Science Program.  Sources say the amendment does not cut any funding for the NSF and says it would likely result in more funding going to natural science research at the NSF.

The Political Science program has $11 million.  This is a pretty small amount to split with among the other sciences. It has conducted important research on democratization, radicalization and terrorism, the notion of the commons (which won Elinor Ostrom a Nobel Prize), disaster response, and voting behavior. There has been a political science program at NSF for over 30 years.  The NSF-supported political science research uses the same scientific, data-driven approaches of all the other sciences.

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