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  • Advancing food democracy: The potential and limits of food policy positions in local government 

    Berglund, Erika; Hassanein, Neva; Lachapelle, Paul; Stephens, Caroline (Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, 2021-10)
    For several decades, food policy councils (FPCs) have led the effort to place food on local govern­ment policy agendas. While FPCs are making pro­gress in supporting local food systems, they also face institutional and ...
  • Bounded Stories 

    Shanahan, Elizabeth A.; Raile, Eric D.; French, Kate A.; McEvoy, Jamie (Wiley, 2018-11)
    Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) and framing scholars share an interest in how the construction of policy arguments influences opinions and policy decisions. However, conceptual clarification is needed. This ...
  • Characters matter: How narratives shape affective responses to risk communication 

    Shanahan, Elizabeth A.; Reinhold, Ann Marie; Raile, Eric D.; Poole, Geoffrey C.; Ready, Richard C.; Izurieta, Clemente; McEvoy, Jamie; Bergmann, Nicolas T.; King, Henry (Public Library of Science, 2019-12)
    Introduction. Whereas scientists depend on the language of probability to relay information about hazards, risk communication may be more effective when embedding scientific information in narratives. The persuasive power ...
  • Indigenous Peoples' Responses to Conquest 

    Wilmer, Franke (Elsevier BV, 2022)
    While American students learn that Columbus' first voyage to the western hemisphere set the stage for colonization and settler states that are regarded by many as successful democracies, Indigenous peoples living in those ...
  • Questioning scrutiny: the effect of Prime Minister’s Questions on citizen efficacy and trust in parliament 

    Convery, Alan; Haines, Pavielle; Mitchell, James; Parker, David C. W. (Informa UK Limited, 2020-12)
    In most democratic regimes, the public often dislikes and distrusts parliamentarians. This should not surprise: the public likes neither compromise nor conflict, both of which are legislative hallmarks. One of the most ...
  • Rethinking the heuristic traps paradigm in avalanche education: Past, present and future 

    Johnson, Jerry; Mannberg, Andrea; Hendrikx, Jordy; Hetland, Audun; Stephensen, Matthew (2020-08)
    This paper will review the emergence and adoption of decision heuristics as a conceptual framework within the avalanche research and education community and demonstrate how this emphasis on the heuristic decision framework ...
  • Climate Action Plan Research Report 2021 

    Bondurant, Nicole; Corradino, Dominic; Fitzmaurice, Nicholas; Halvorson, Cy; Myers, Raye; Stone, Megan; Thompson, Jessica; Washburn, Savanna (Montana State University, 2021-06)
    This report examines both the development and implementation of climate action plans in higher educational settings. Research strategies include conducting a literature review utilizing reference management software; ...
  • The stories groups tell: campaign finance reform and the narrative networks of cultural cognition 

    Smith-Walter, Aaron; Jones, Michael D.; Shanahan, Elizabeth A.; Peterson, Holly (2019-05)
    The purpose of this study is to test whether groups with different cultural cognition orientations construct different stories about the same policy issue given the same information. We employed a focus group methodology ...
  • The logic of parliamentary action: Brexit, Early Day Motions, and bolstering the personal vote 

    Parker, David C. W.; Caltabiano, Ian (Taylor & Francis, 2020-11)
    More than 300 Members of Parliament (MPs) found themselves in an awkward position after the vote on Britain’s membership in the EU: They had taken a public stance on Brexit in opposition to their constituents. We investigate ...
  • Absent autonomy: Relational competence and gendered paths to faculty self-determination in the promotion and tenure process 

    Skewes, Monica C.; Shanahan, Elizabeth A.; Smith, Jessi L.; Honea, Joy C.; Belou, Rebecca M.; Rushing, Sara; Intemann, Kristen; Handley, Ian M. (2018-09)
    This research examines ways in which men and women university faculty sought self-determination in the promotion and tenure (P&T) process. Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 2012) research tends to view autonomy ...
  • Agriculture in Shifting Climates: The Configuration and Ripeness of Problem Understandings in Uganda and Senegal 

    Raile, Eric D.; Young, Linda M.; Bonabana-Wabbi, Jackline; Kirinya, Julian; Mbaye, Samba; Wooldridge, Lena; Raile, Amber N. W.; Post, Lori Ann (2018-03)
    The international community has advocated the adoption of climate‐smart agriculture (CSA) as lower‐income countries deal with the negative consequences of climate change. Scaling up such policies, practices, and programs ...
  • Victimization, Empathy, and Breaking the Cycles of Violence in Israel and Palestine 

    Wilmer, Franke (2017-02)
    Victimization narratives arise out of the experience of historical and ongoing injury, and often intersect or, in part, constitute identity narratives. Unless transformed through reconciliation, these narratives can be ...
  • Fingerprint-based background checks for personal care workers: Stakeholder views of policy criteria 

    Raile, Eric D.; Swierenga, Sarah; Dennis, Toni A.; Swanson-Aprill, Lauren A.; Post, Lori A.; Abujarad, Fuad (2017-05)
    Decision makers face difficult choices when tasked with identifying and implementing appropriate mechanisms for protecting the elderly and other vulnerable adults from abuse. A pilot project involving fingerprint-based ...
  • Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together Proceedings of the 2017 CDS-NACDEP Conference 

    Hains, Kris; Hains, Bryan; Lachapelle, Paul; Rice, Trudy (The 2017 Community Development Society / National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference (CDS-NACDEP), 2017-07)
    These proceedings are the outcome of the 2017 Community Development Society / National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference (CDS-NACDEP) that took place June 11-14 in Big Sky, Montana. ...
  • Now Hiring! Empirically Testing a Three-Step Intervention to Increase Faculty Gender Diversity in STEM 

    Smith, Jessi L.; Handley, Ian M.; Zale, Alexander V.; Rushing, Sara; Potvin, Martha A. (2015-11)
    Workforce homogeneity limits creativity, discovery, and job satisfaction; nonetheless, the vast majority of university faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are men. We conducted a ...
  • Class Connections: Congressional Classes and the Republicans of 1994 

    Rae, Nicol; Pitney, John (2014-10)
    Large partisan classes in the House of Representatives are, in important ways, products of the congressional politics of preceding years. The class of 1994 is an example: understanding its origins requires a look at previous ...
  • Montana Horizons Program: Transforming Communities from Striving to Thriving 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Flaherty, C. (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2009)
    This report has descriptions of the sixteen communities stretching from Scobey to Anaconda. These sixteen communities successfully completed the Horizons II program during 2007-08 which provide just a small example of ...
  • Using Focus Groups for Community Development. MSU Extension MontGuide 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Mastel, Tara (MSU Extension, 2008-05)
    Focus groups can be an effective means of involving citizens in a decision-making process. Yet, focus groups can also increase conflict and strain group dynamics if not properly executed. This publication provides ...
  • Montana Horizons Program: Transforming Communities from Striving to Thriving 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Graham, B (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2010)
    This report details the work accomplished by 15 communities that successfully completed the Horizons III program during 2008-10 and provides a snapshot of their achievements. As examples throughout this report attest, the ...
  • City of Bozeman Ethics Handbook 

    Lachapelle, Paul (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2010)
    This ethics handbook is produced by the city of Bozeman Board of ethics to educate citizens and train employees and public officials in best practices and legal requirements. In addition, this handbook details specific ...

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