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Here's What Science Says About Gender Bias In Elections

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.12.2015 | Science

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina will have a more challenging time than their male opponents convincing voters that ...

Cow Chips and Politics

Don Ringe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Don Ringe

Several years ago, I bought into the notion that GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) technology could be a measurement used in political focus groups to analyze the intensity of a group member's response to a series of TV spots.

Why Does Everyone Hate Libertarians?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Druce Vertes, CFA

We need libertarians to defend freedom. They should be constructive in their skepticism of anything that threatens liberty, whether it's government or private interests, and mindful of the tradeoffs. There aren't enough libertarians like that.

Jason Linkins

Thinking About Skipping The Iowa Caucuses? Better Think Again! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

Earlier this week, news broke that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was opting out of active participation in this summer's Iowa Straw Poll, the annual ev...

Book Review: Thieves of State

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.03.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Thieves of State by Sarah Chayes is informative, thought-provoking, very interesting and concisely written. Published this year, the book is about corruption and its devastating effects.

Jason Linkins

The 10 Best Months For Presidential Election Poll Accuracy, Ranked | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

This week, you probably saw some headlines that said things like, "Poll: Clinton clobbers potential GOP foes." Which sounds pretty definitive. But! Yo...

Jason Linkins

If It's Sunday Morning, Is It Sexist? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

If you've spent any length of time watching the Sunday morning political talk shows, as I once, regrettably, did, you've probably noticed that the on-...

Thanksgiving for Social Scientists

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Besides giving us insights, surveys and findings, can more social scientists like these few but important examples change some routines to provide strategies, tactics, and solutions that can more practically flow from their knowledge to action?

The Problem and the Solution

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

People throughout the U.S. have such a bad opinion of politicians that in their early years they prepare for other occupations and vocations, never giving serious thought to becoming a politician.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Jason Linkins

Everybody Calm Down About The Kansas Senate Race | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

If you spent any time Wednesday scanning headlines and tweets about the Kansas Senate race, you wouldn't be thought a fool to have come away with the ...

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

Jason Linkins

The President Isn't Green Lantern. So What Is He Then? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at Vox this week, Ezra Klein offers up the latest critique of the "Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." He's not the first to have done so, a...

Research Suggests Nativism Drives Opposition to Health Care Reform

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

When opponents of the ACA consistently framed the law as somehow outside the ideological boundaries of what is traditionally considered "American" public policy, those in the public with existing nativist attitudes would become more likely to oppose the ACA.

Jason Linkins

What Can A State Of The Union Address Do For Income Inequality? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Tuesday night is the State of the Union address, and as is my wont, I'll remind you that the whole exercise is basically America's greatest Nothingbur...

Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

Jason Linkins

America's French Laundry Health Care Problem: Your Sunday Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

It's often argued that nothing needs to be fixed with the American health care system, because it is the best in the world. The argument I lay alongside that is that the best tasting menu -- at least according to Anthony Bourdain, a man with whom I wouldn't recommend you trifle -- is at French Laundry in Yountville, California.

Jason Linkins

What Time Is Hillary Clinton Running For President? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

It is now 2014, which means that our interest and attention must now turn to the upcoming election. In 2016. Yes, that seems stupid! But the relen...

The Founding Father

Eric X. Li | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Eric X. Li

Today, China celebrates the 120th birthdate of the founding father of the People's Republic -- Chairman Mao Zedong.

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

Best Political Science Books in 2013

Heath Brown | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
Heath Brown

This year was a good year in political science publishing, and with just a few days left in the gift-buying season, here's my list of some of the best in 2013.

Jason Linkins

John Cornyn Is Now A 'Liberal,' Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

Earlier this week, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who is best known for his time spent trolling on Twitter, announced that he was going to mount a pri...

Jason Linkins

Sorry Guys, Congressional Polarization Can't Be Fixed By Lawmakers Hanging Out More | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, political science shaolin warrior Brendan Nyhan takes up a matter that various pundits tend to obsess over: Wo...

A Proposal for Direct Republics

Judah Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judah Freed

A direct democracy on a global scale is not yet feasible. An interim option is what I name a direct republic: An elected representative body writes the new laws for final ratification by direct votes of the people. A direct republic can work locally, nationally and globally.

Jason Linkins

Most Political 'Messaging' Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

If you read enough Beltway reporting, you will probably die pretty quickly of intellectual dysentery. But for those whose hearty constitutions allow t...