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Thailand's future under King Rama X: lessons from three Asian countries

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.03.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Buddhist monks pray in front of a picture of Thailand's new king at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok on December 1. Jorge Silva/Reuters Patrick Jory, The Un...

Revolts, Reforms and Divides: An Independent Look at the 2016 Presidential Election by Jacqueline Salit

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

One of the (very!) few pollsters who got the presidential election right, Patick Caddell, had this to say the day before the election: "The political ...

How The Three B's (Bernie, Barack And Bloomberg) Abandoned The Political Revolution

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Bernie, Barack and Bloomberg, the Three B's, could have used the chaos of this cycle to advance a new majoritarian, transpartisan, and multi-racial electoral coalition, one that is pro-reform and breaks with the endless regress of winning-at-all-costs. But they didn't.

If Republicans Repudiate Donald Trump On Moral Grounds, They Could Truly Reform Their Party

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Moral reform is the most profound and most powerful kind of reform. It provides a "firm foundation," as Martin Luther, the first Protestant, demonstrated in his argument against an errant Catholic Church. Moral reform is possible in all human endeavors, including politics.

2. Let's Choose Legislators Randomly From the Phone Book

Ted Wachtel | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Ted Wachtel

What a radical idea: a deliberative body that actually deliberates. And legislators whose main concern is legislation, not fund-raising for the next election. Let's give it a try.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Not Enough To Increase Women's Representation

Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD

For those who care about women's representation in elected office, Hillary Clinton's candidacy is a big deal. Our country has never been this close to...


Keith Gaddie | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

If you start getting irritated with political science professor friends during this campaign, it's because of the discipline and what it was meant to do -- understand and defend democracy and avoid the failures of civic culture.

LBJ and HRC: New Hampshire Waterloos

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

What is the handwriting on the wall for Hillary Rodham Clinton after her devastating 22-point landslide loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Are voters telling her that she is the wrong person for our times?

Trump's Non-Loyalty Oath: The Question of Independents

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Jacqueline Salit

As much as Donald Trump called "foul" on tough questioning in the Fox debate, from the point of view of independent voters, the questioners weren't nearly tough enough. Or, put another way, independent enough.

A Way Forward - Countering Militant Islamism in the MENA-Region

Magnus Norell | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Magnus Norell

In light of the recent Islamist atrocities it may be fair to ask what possible steps to take in order to counter the trend of increasing terrorism violence across the MENA-region, as well as in Europe. It's a dark picture to be sure, made even worse by the rise of the Islamic State (IS).

Can a Fresh Generation of Legislators Change Congress?

Sam Gilman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Sam Gilman

We could continue to have an ineffectual Congress where gridlock not only prevents Congress from passing laws but it also prevents it from checking a powerful President.

Singapore: The next 50 years

CHEE Soon Juan | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
CHEE Soon Juan

In the past, Singapore's economic prowess was attributed to a highly disciplined workforce, aided by a populace that (purportedly) preferred growth over democratic rights, and enabled by a no-nonsense, autocratic style of governance. Ironically, such a regimented approach is undoing much of what has been accomplished.

Jerry Brown Closes His Final Campaign for Governor as He Began His First

William Bradley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Locked on trajectory for a big win in his bid for an historic fourth term as governor of California, Jerry Brown is ending his last campaign for the office as he began his first some 40 years ago. He is running a campaign to promote an initiative drive to better the state.

Ryan Grim

American Dissatisfaction With Everything Is Reaching Historic Levels | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore, an extensive new survey of public attitudes toward the government find...

Poll Finds Generational Gap On Social Issues Among Conservatives

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

The recent Pew study confirmed that millennials are the most diverse, pluralistic group of people in American history. What was most interesting, (at least to me), was the apparent positions that many young Republican millennials harbor on social issues.

President Obama: Want a Democratic Congress? Stop Pussyfooting and Tell it Like it Is

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Myriam Miedzian

Obama relied heavily on Wall Street and corporate support for his presidential campaigns, hence his concern with not offending "fat cats," but he has no future campaign to be concerned about -- so why not speak out loud and clear?

Who Cares About Ethics?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

This past Sunday, WaPo ran an op-ed, asking whether "a little corruption should matter to voters." The most logical explanation for this reaction is the low expectations that most Americans already have for their public (and especially, elected) officials -- a streak that is as American as apple pie.

The Emergence of the Political Independent

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Rather than being devoted to finding the best policy alternative, the divisions of party leave us to pursue only the second or third best alternative, usually the one that gives the least amount of credit to the other side. It is a downward spiral toward ever more narrow and inflexible partisanly limited options.

Now That the Future's Back in California, What's Up and Why with Jerry Brown, Democrats, and Republicans

William Bradley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Is it because of Jerry Brown's leadership skills, his "insider's knowledge and outsider's mind?" Is it because California Democrats have their act together? Is it because California Republicans have run their party into the ground? Or some combination thereof?

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.

Jordanian Lawmaker Accused of Being an American Spy for Seeking Political Reform, Transparency

Ali Younes | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Ali Younes

Mustafa Hamarneh, who is a Georgetown educated political scientist and scholar and for 15 years led its center for strategic studies, is not shy about his goals and objectives when it comes to Jordan or his work in Parliament.

How the '12th Man' Can Transform America

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

The "12th man" is the torturous noise the fans make at Seattle's games -- creating a daunting and oppressive atmosphere for the Seahawks' adversaries. This movement can be an example for all of us in America. We need the "12th man."

To Get the Money Out of Politics, Take Politics Out of the Money

Peter Kay | Posted 03.10.2014 | Hawaii
Peter Kay

We hear endless lamentations about how corrupt our political process has become; that special interest groups with wealthy anonymous donors fund the campaigns of politicians who in-turn endorse legislation which favors these groups. For the most part, it's true.

Ringing in 2014: A New Political Experiment in India

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

As India looks forward to the new year, a political party's ability to usher in a new era of governance will be keenly observed not only by Indians, but also by those around the world interested in political reform.

The Proliferating Role of Populism in American Politics

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Populism is nothing new in American politics. It usually garners momentum during times of economic tumult. At a time when the American political system is held in disrepute, there is a growing populist insurrection to challenge established incumbent politicians.