Tag Archives: Political Science

Silly Political Science For Silly Season: Obama’s 2008 Deficit With Dog Owners

At The Monkey Cage, John Sides frivolously posts a Daily Show clip in which Jon Stewart jokes about reading political science journals as a lead-in to mocking the silly season “tornado of idiocy” that was last week’s campaign 2012 kerfuffle … Continue reading

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Sometimes Predictions Are Wrong: Republican Revolution Edition

I’m currently reading Larry Bartels’ 1991 American Political Science Review article, “Constituency Opinion and Congressional Policy Making: The Reagan Defense Buildup” (gated, summary). I was struck by the following line in his literature review: If Brady is right — if … Continue reading

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Philip Converse, The Custodian Of A Mysterious Musical Legacy

In a bid to delay doing some assigned reading this afternoon — an Annual Review of Political Science article¬†called “On Assessing The Political Effects of Racial Prejudice” — I spent a little time searching through archives I have access to … Continue reading

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Uncharitable Descriptions And The Constraint Of 140 Characters

Last night, after reading Politico reporter Alexander Burns’ article on how wide swathes of voters often hold uninformed and/or inconsistent views, I noted that the article focused on the present day and quoted only pollsters and political consultants, so I¬†tweeted … Continue reading

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A Variation On A Feeling I Often Have In Class

Julian Barnes, speaking to the Paris Review in 2000, on why he was not destined for a career as a philosopher: INTERVIEWER Do you think that one year in PPP has marked your mode of thinking, and therefore your work, … Continue reading

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A Pundit Who Social Scientists Aren’t Ashamed To Include In Their Literature Reviews

For my Public Opinion and Political Socialization class this week, I was assigned the first chapter in Walter Lippman’s classic Public Opinion. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across Lippmann in my time studying political science. Public Opinion is … Continue reading

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Obama’s Claim Of Historic Success Has Some Factual Support

In Playbook today, Mike Allen flagged an unaired excerpt of President Obama’s recent 60 Minutes interview in which POTUS suggested that the “legislative and foreign policy accomplishments” of his first two years in office were better than or equal to … Continue reading

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