Current Projects at the PPI

2015-2016 LoGoS (Local Government Survey)

The LoGoS is an annual survey of all municipal and county governments in North Carolina on an issue of relevance in the field.

WNC Food Policy Council

The WNCFPC is a network of more than 200 food producers and food security agencies in the seven western counties of North Carolina, hosted by the PPI. For current events and information, please visit 

2015 North Carolina Nonprofits Survey

This is an annual survey of nonprofits in the state on an issue of relevance in the field.

Event and Seminar Planning

The PPI hosts a number of educational events and seminars in the fall and spring semesters, including Constitution Day celebrations, political debates for local races, seminars, and more.

Case Salience and Media Coverage of Supreme Court Decisions: Towards a New Measure

Increasingly, scholars recognize that patterns of elite decision-making are contingent upon issue salience, meaning that scholars who wish to understand elite behavior must have adequate measures of salience. Unfortunately, existing measures of salience in the judicial field have been met with some skepticism. We evaluate the most common measure of case salience—whether a case appears on the front page of the New York Times and then construct a new measure of case salience that avoids many of the potential biases and problems with the Times measure. By developing and testing this new measure, we uncover patterns about national media coverage of the Court and provide a potentially more representative measure of case salience.

For more information concerning our upcoming projects, contact Dr. Collins at


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