Fay Cook Receives Best Paper Award from American Political Science Association

Fay Cook Receives Best Paper Award from American Political Science Association

Fay Cook

Professor Fay Cook and her co-authors received the American Political Science Association's 2013 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for their paper "When and How Partisan Identification Works." The award is given each year for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting.

Cook’s co-authors are Toby Bolsen, professor of political science at Georgia State University, and Jamie Druckman, political science professor at Northwestern University.  Like Druckman, Cook is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

The paper explores how identification with a political party affects whether citizens accept or reject information. The authors investigate the extent and conditions that moderate partisan-motivated reasoning with an experiment focused on support for an energy law. The paper grows out of a concern that parties can hamper citizen decision-making if people analyze information based on whether or not it is sponsored by their party.

“We offer some of the most explicit evidence to date on the conditions under which parties generate partisan-motivated reasoning. Specifically, we identify three conditions that moderate such reasoning: (1) explicit inducements to form ‘accurate’ decisions, (2) decreased individual trust/identification with a party, and (3) bi-partisan or cross-partisan support but only if that support is not universalistic,” the authors say.

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. It seeks to expand understanding and awareness of politics. The Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition will be held in Chicago from August 29 to September 1.

Cook is professor of Human Development and Social Policy and former director of the Institute for Policy Research. She has been president of the Gerontological Society of America; a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation; a member of the Expert Panel on Performance Outcome Measurement, U.S. Administration on Aging; a member of the Ford Foundation's research advisory committee on Social Welfare Policy and the American Future; a scientific consultant to the National Institute on Aging; and a member of the North American Program Committee for the International Congress on Gerontology. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Her research focuses on the interrelationships between public opinion and public policy, the politics of public policy, how Americans come together to discuss policy issues, and the dynamics of public support for Social Security and other social programs. She is the author or co-author of many scholarly articles and book chapters as well as five books, including most recently Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America with Lawrence Jacobs and Michael Delli Carpini.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/20/17