Adam Bonica


Adam Bonica was a national fellow for the academic year 2014-15 at the Hoover Institution.  He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research examines American political ideology, campaign finance, interest group politics, and judicial politics. The focus of his research has been the development of a methodology for measuring the ideology of political actors using campaign finance records. By leveraging a large-scale database of contributions made to campaigns at every level of American politics, the method is able to recover a unified set of ideological measures for a wide range of political candidates as well as thousands of political organizations and millions of individual donors. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Economic Perspectives,Legislative Studies QuarterlyQuarterly Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University.

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Want Americans To Vote? Give Them The Day Off.

by Adam Bonica, Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Voter turnout in the United States is among the lowest in the world. In the 2014 midterm elections, 33 percent of the voting-age population voted, setting the record for the lowest turnout in any national election of any advanced democracy (except Andorra) since 1945. There are many reasons so few Americans vote, but among them is that the United States is one of the few countries that holds elections on a workday.