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The Monkey Cage: January, 2014

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/31/2014

How the Senate is biased toward Republicans

Equal representation of the states in the Senate works to the GOP’s favor.

By Ben Highton  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014

In what country is that country?

Google searches reveal some interesting ideas about geography.

By Erik Voeten  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frivolity

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Are we becoming more tolerant of nepotism?

I’m not sure how best to study this one quantitatively, but it’s a problem worth looking into.

By Andrew Gelman  |  09:38 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nepotism

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 01/30/2014

What makes some elections violent?

In elections around the world, violence is common. When do leaders exercise restraint in the face of a serious challenger, and when do they resort to electoral violence?

By Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Susan D. Hyde  |  03:29 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections and Voting, journal, violence

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Has California cured its political dysfunction? Not so fast.

The impact of California’s independent redistricting and “top two” primary are still unclear.

By Eric McGhee and Paul Mitchell  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Why don’t Americans trust the government? Because the other party is in power.

Party polarization is leaving Americans with little faith in a government run by the opposition.

By Marc Hetherington and Thomas Rudolph  |  08:09 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Partisanship, Polarization, public opinion, Trust

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The unilateral president? An addendum.

President Obama has issued fewer executive orders, but he has a multitude of other administrative tools.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  06:14 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  executive orders, Obama, presidential power, State of the Union address

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014

How the partial death of the filibuster will shape the federal courts

How will the partial death of judicial filibusters affect the composition of the federal courts? New research sheds light on the potential impact of the Senate’s nuclear move.

By Sarah Binder  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Is Assad’s use of torture paying off?

Understanding who is tortured where in Syria.

By Lionel Beehner  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/29/2014

The unilateral president?

President Obama has so far used executive orders less frequently than his predecessors.

By Erik Voeten  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  SOTU

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Republicans have a 54 percent chance of taking the Senate

If one forecast says 44% and the other forecast says 64%, I’d average and say 55%.

By Andrew Gelman  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Election forecasting

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014

How liberal was Obama’s State of the Union address?

This year’s SOTU wasn’t much different than Obama’s previous ones after all.

By John Sides  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union address

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014

The end of race-based politics in South Africa?

Does the decision of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to nominate Mamphela Ramphele as its 2014 presidential candidate signal the beginning of the end of race-based politics in South Africa?

By Adam Harris  |  09:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, race, South Africa

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014

What will be Bernanke’s political legacy?

Bernanke bequeathes a more transparent but also a more politically dependent Federal Reserve.

By Sarah Binder  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Reserve

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014

SOTU 2014: Another Laundry List After All

The president promised a unilateral wonderland, but delivered the usual laundry list.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  12:45 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, presidential power, State of the Union address

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 01/28/2014

State of the Union Bingo!

Looking for a way to liven up tonight’s speech? Try State of the Union Bingo!

By Joshua Tucker  |  08:10 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frivolity, State of the Union address

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014

The SOTU Agenda: Avoiding Congress, on Capitol Hill

The State of the Union address is usually a laundry list of legislative proposals. Will it help Obama to make it about executive power instead?

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  07:59 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  executive order, Obama, presidential power, State of the Union address

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Another ill-conceived attempt at regulating academic blogging

The International Studies Associations wants it editorial teams to give up their personal blogs

By Erik Voeten  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academia

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Party polarization is making us more prejudiced

Stronger partisan loyalties make us more engaged in politics -- but also less tolerant of the opposition.

By Lilliana Mason  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, Prejudice, Social Identity Theory

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/28/2014

How protest and violence in Ukraine could give way to unity

Ukraine is gripped by mass protests but signs of unity emerge too.

By Kataryna Wolczuk and Roman Wolczuk  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protest, Social Media, Ukraine

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The political ideology of State of the Union addresses (in 1 graph)

Here is the relative liberalism or conservatism of every State of the Union address since 1986.

By John Sides  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union address

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Three ways to improve the response to the State of the Union address

The opposition can do far more to improve its response to the State of the Union address.

By Arthur Lupia  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union address

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Radel’s resignation leaves our House forecast unchanged

His district is likely safe for Republicans.

By John Sides  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014

How our partisan loyalties are driving polarization

It’s hard to reduce polarization when partisan attachments are at its core.

By Thomas Carsey and Geoffrey Layman  |  03:01 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/27/2014

State of Union address won’t turn Obama’s polling numbers around

Good speeches don’t much affect how Americans evaluate their presidents.

By John Sides  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union address

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

The (Ukrainian) negotiations will be tweeted!

In another political first for Twitter, high stakes negotiations in Ukraine played out over Twitter.

By Joshua Tucker  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Negotiations, Protest, Social Media, Ukraine

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Republicans have a 44% chance of taking the Senate. But it may be much higher.

The 2014 midterm election seems unlikely to shift the partisan balance of the House. The Senate is a different story.

By John Sides  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Americans may be divided on abortion, but it won’t matter for the midterms

Growing partisan polarization on abortion makes it less likely the issue will decide elections.

By Alan I. Abramowitz  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, Polarization

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 01/24/2014

‘Hand of Law’: The week in one song

The hand of law is on us now.

By Christopher Federico  |  01:47 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The two key factors behind our polarized politics

A different policy debate and a crucial realignment have pulled us apart.

By Jeff Stonecash  |  07:31 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Issues, Polarization

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014

How repressing the Brotherhood could have unintended consequences in Egypt

The military-led government’s choice to repress the Muslim Brotherhood could actually boost support in the country for Islamism.

By Elizabeth Nugent  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Constitution, Egypt

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014

How political scientists informed the president about election reform

A nonpartisan report commissioned by President Obama relied heavily on political science research.

By Barry Burden  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The political science of cybersecurity I -- why people fight so hard over cybersecurity

Different understandings of security drive much of the disagreement over cybersecurity and the NSA.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cybersecurity

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The denominator fallacy rears its ugly head

This particular error has mostly gone out of style, but it resurfaces on a conservative website.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Partisan media, Spending, statistics

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/23/2014

How better educated whites are driving political polarization

Polarization on abortion mostly involves whites, not blacks or Latinos.

By Andrew Gelman  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Data and analytics have changed campaigns. Now what’s next?

It’s important to acknowledge the challenges facing data and analytics too.

By John Sides  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 01/22/2014

American elections need help. Here’s how to make them better.

A new report from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration offers important guidance.

By Nathaniel Persily  |  06:01 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The real extremists are American voters, not politicians

Conventional wisdom says extremist politicians are failing moderate voters. That’s exactly backwards.

By David Broockman  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ideology, Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Brazil let its citizens make decisions about city budgets. Here’s what happened.

New research on “participatory institutions” shows how effective they can be.

By Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Participatory Institutions

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Always in Vague

Obama’s NSA proposals are vague, but that’s no surprise: presidential power often resides in the vague.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  03:42 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSA, Obama, Presidency

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Where to debunk (political) science findings?

Even if you discover that a published finding is wrong, publishing a correction is not that straightforward nor always appreciated.

By Erik Voeten  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academia

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Five key questions -- and answers -- about how our social horizons may shrink as we use more technology

New technologies may be making us more likely to focus on connections with friends and family, than in searching out new people and perspectives.

By Henry Farrell  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Questions

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Americans aren’t polarized, just better sorted

Americans are no more extreme on political issues than they used to be.

By Morris P. Fiorina and Samuel Abrams  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Partisanship, Polarization, public opinion

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Can young voters break the cycle of polarization?

To understand what might break a politics of polarization and stalemate, we need to look to the youngest voters.

By Robert Y. Shapiro  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Millenials, Polarization, Young Voters

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014

How race and religion have polarized American voters

Polarization in Washington reflects long-term shifts in American society and culture.

By Alan I. Abramowitz  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Demographics, Electorate, Immigration, Polarization, Religion

Posted at 10:24 PM ET, 01/18/2014

The Democratic Party’s uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016

If the political and economic fundamentals don’t change, it’s actually the Republicans who’ll have the upper hand in 2016.

By John Sides  |  10:24 PM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2014

‘Data Control’: The week in one song

We know everything about you, but we’re trying to tone it down.

By Christopher Federico  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Surveillance, The Week in One Song

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Why Egypt’s new constitution may not turn out as badly as you think

Constitutions are often written under authoritarianism, and many democracies that inherit these charters fare better than you may think.

By Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014

The anti-abortion movement has changed. Here’s what that means for abortion clinics.

If the Supreme Court strikes down buffer zones around abortion clinics, that actually may not create a resurgence of clinic protests.

By Joshua Wilson  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/16/2014

How government officials get scared by unlikely threats

How the U.S. government over-reports terrorist threats and scares itself silly.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Five key questions -- and answers -- about the Oscar nominations lottery

The Oscar nomination process is driven by hidden incentives.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:34 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five Questions, Politics Everywhere

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Controversial claims about marriage promotion break the statistical rules of evidence

Serious flaws have been found in a published report that claimed to find beneficial effects of government-supported Healthy Marriage Initiatives.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Healthy Marriage Initiatives, Policy analysis, statistics

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Our politics may be polarized. But that’s nothing new.

HIstorical data show that polarization is the norm in American politics.

By David W. Brady and Hahrie Han  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  APSA, Congress, DW-Nominate, Polarization

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Appropriations bill removes restrictions on NSF funding for political science

Reversing a decision in last year’s budget, the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill does not include restrictions on the National Science Foundation Political Science Program.

By Joshua Tucker  |  07:09 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/15/2014

How NFL contracts are helping NFL players, but hurting their teams

Contract incentives may be good for a player’s stats, but not necessarily his team.

By Tobias Gibson  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Chasing Oscar nominations is like gambling in the lottery

Making ‘Oscar-worthy’ movies with serious themes is a risky bet.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frivolity

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Is it really so ‘laughable’ for Republicans to nominate Chris Christie for president?

Republicans actually tend to nominate relative moderates for president.

By John Sides  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014

How ideological activists constructed our polarized parties

Intellectuals and activists created modern liberalism and conservatism. Then the parties followed suit.

By Hans Noel  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, conservatives, ideology, liberals, Polarization

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014

6 points to ponder from the recess appointments oral arguments

The transcript of the oral arguments in the recess appointment case makes for fun reading.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  04:20 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Presidential nominations, recess appointments, Senate, Supreme Court

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: A Q&A with Peter Singer

Peter Singer answers questions about cyber security and cyber warfare

By Erik Voeten  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cybersecurity

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 01/14/2014

How U.S. state legislatures are polarized and getting more polarized (in 2 graphs)

Polarization is not just a feature of the U.S. Congress.

By Boris Shor  |  08:34 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, state legislators

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Is Recess Over?

The Supreme Court is about to consider recess appointments. Here’s what you need to know.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NLRB v Canning, presidential power, recess appointments, Senate, Supreme Court

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 01/13/2014

How patronage politics ate the Port Authority

How slow processes of institutional corruption paved the way for the Fort Lee traffic disaster.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:28 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Policy

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 01/13/2014

It’s your fault award show acceptance speeches are so long

The award-shows-acceptance-speech-thank-you paradox: nobody likes listening to recipients of Golden Globes or Oscars thanking long lists of people no one knows, but that’s exactly why they do it!

By Joshua Tucker  |  08:59 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

How political polarization creates stalemate and undermines lawmaking

Polarization and gridlock in Congress run closely in tandem over the postwar period.

By Sarah Binder  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Aaron Swartz died one year ago today

The political activist was an early booster of the Monkey Cage -- and a dear friend.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obituary

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014

How Christie hurt political science

Christie’s awkward relationship with political science funding.

By Henry Farrell  |  04:41 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  political science

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/10/2014

‘Revenge’: The week in one song

Fort Lee, you won’t know what hit you.

By Christopher Federico  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 01/10/2014

To understand GOP’s poverty challenge, start with Republican voters

GOP leaders want to “own” the issue of fighting poverty. The challenge: Republican voters don’t think poverty is much of a priority.

By Patrick Egan  |  09:22 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Why people call themselves “independent” even when they aren’t

New research shows how people call themselves independent to make a good impression -- not because they’re actually independent.

By Yanna Krupnikov and Samara Klar  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Polarization we can live with. Partisan warfare is the problem.

Comparing John Cornyn to Ted Cruz illustrates what’s wrong with Congress.

By Sean Theriault  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Polarization

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 01/09/2014

How damaged is Chris Christie? Here’s who will tell you.

The key group to follow is Republican moderates.

By John Sides  |  04:28 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Why Chris Christie should hope ghosts aren’t real

My dad hated traffic. And so do an awful lot of other people, I’m guessing.

By Joshua Tucker  |  08:38 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, frivolity

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Is democracy a Western idea?

Here is what we can learn from non-Western political thought about the global potential of democracy.

By Diego Von Vacano  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democracy, non-Western political throught

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Most political independents actually aren’t

The American electorate is more partisan than ever.

By John Sides  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Congress doesn’t have to be a Millionaires’ Club

Here is how to put working class Americans in elected office.

By Nicholas Carnes  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

What we know and don’t know about our polarized politics

Here are 6 key points about polarization in American politics.

By Nolan McCarty  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Want to know more about political polarization? The Monkey Cage has answers--and questions.

Want to know what social scientists think is causing today’s political polarization--or where it’s going? This new Monkey Cage series is for you.

By Daniel Hopkins  |  09:15 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polarization, political science

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Millionaires run our government. Here’s why that matters.

Working-class Americans are virtually absent from elected office.

By Nicholas Carnes  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

No, there’s no good evidence that Republicans are becoming more partisan about evolution

Despite the claims of Paul Krugman and others, a recent poll finding does not provide strong evidence of changes in partisan attitudes toward evolution

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evolution, Pew Research, Polarization, Science

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 01/06/2014

The real effects of the European elections may be felt in London and Edinburgh rather than in Brussels

How the upcoming European elections could affect Scotland’s quest for independence.

By Cas Mudde  |  04:29 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Four of the most painfully honest politicians you’ll ever meet

Politicians rarely admit to voting as a herd of cows, thinking they were voting on a different bill, or that votes cause “shadows [to] appear within yourself.” But these did.

By Joshua Tucker  |  03:57 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frivolity

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014

How hard is it to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan? Very hard.

New research shows that Afghans punish NATO for violence attacks much more than they punish the Taliban.

By Jason Lyall  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 01/03/2014

‘Sweet Leaf’: The week in one song

Soon Colorado will love you.

By Christopher Federico  |  03:12 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/03/2014

Three lessons for Colorado from Dutch cannabis policy

Here’s what Colorado can learn from the Dutch experience with allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational usage.

By Erik Voeten  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cannabis, Colorado

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Five books of American political history that you must read

Here are some great books about American political history that you won’t often find on “best of” lists.

By Colin Moore  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  American political history, books

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Republicans’ belief in evolution declining

New surveys show that belief in evolution among Republicans has fallen by one-fifth in four years, and is now substantially lower than among Democrats and Independents.

By Joshua Tucker  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Privacy in Muslim constitutions and Karzai’s refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

How understanding the centrality of privacy in Muslim constitutions can help us better understand Karzai’s refusal to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

By Corri Zoli and Emily Schneider  |  02:23 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan

 

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