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The Monkey Cage: June, 2014

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 06/30/2014

An $8.9 billion fine shows that foreign banks evade U.S. laws at their peril

The United States uses enormous fines to get foreign actors such as BNP Paribus to comply with its foreign policy goals. It can do this because it has unparalleled influence over the world financial system.

By Tonya Putnam  |  09:51 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, international political economy, Political Economy

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 06/30/2014

Middle East summer reading lineup

Summer book recommendations for the Middle East political science crowd.

By Marc Lynch  |  09:43 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle-East

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 06/30/2014

Why all the illegal street vending? Ask the mayor

Some politicians tolerate violations of the law because they need the support of poor voters to win elections.

By Alisha Holland  |  08:30 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/29/2014

Abortion clinics are not defenseless, but there is reason for caution

While McCullen v. Coakley is a unanimous decision, that unanimity masks significant divisions within the Court regarding the future of regulating clinic-front activism

By Joshua Tucker  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, Judicial politics, Supreme Court

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/27/2014

‘Come Together’: The week in one song

The Supremes come together.

By Christopher Federico  |  02:26 PM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2014

The everyday politics of international intervention

To effectively build sustainable peace in places like Syria and the Central African Republic we don’t just need more money and manpower - we need to fix the everyday practices of peacebuilding.

By Séverine Autesserre  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  African Politics, African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, Peacebuilding

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 06/26/2014

Maliki has only himself to blame for Iraq’s crisis

Maliki’s electoral success in April is meaningless in the face of Iraq’s current crisis.

By Zaid Al-Ali  |  07:45 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/26/2014

Was Obama wrong to withdraw troops from Iraq?

Instead of debating whether the pullout came too soon, future generations will likely wonder why it took so long.

By Jason Brownlee  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, ISIS, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Dictators lie about economic growth

A lot of research suggests that dictatorships see faster economic growth than democracies. However, the differences may be exaggerated by dictatorships’ penchant for lying about how fast they are growing.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Political Economy

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Thad Cochran is not the first Southern conservative to court the black vote

Some tea party activists are angry that Thad Cochran courted “liberal” African American voters. But a few decades ago, it was not an unusual strategy for white conservative candidates in the South.

By Loren Collingwood  |  10:24 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/26/2014

Is anyone in charge of Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine?

Russian nationalists in Ukraine are emerging as an unpredictable actor in the crisis. Recent interviews conducted by the author shed like on how the situation on the ground may be even more chaotic than we think.

By Marlene Laruelle  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil Conflict, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/25/2014

There wasn’t a coup in Lesotho, but will there be?

Late last week there were media reports that Lesotho’s coalition government was under threat.

By Kim Yi Dionne  |  03:55 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 06/25/2014

Researchers at risk in Central Asia

A PhD student in political science has been detained in Tajikistan. His adviser explains why and what should be done to secure his release.

By Edward Schatz  |  01:20 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Central Asia, Comparative Politics, Scholars at risk

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 06/24/2014

Bailing out banks is not a lucrative business

It’s impossible to avoid bank bailouts, but the U.S. can learn how to do them better by looking at other countries’ experiences.

By Henry Farrell  |  06:08 PM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, Political Economy

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/24/2014

The First Annual Monkey Cage African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular

All you need to read on Africa this summer. Or at least some reviews and author Q&As lined up for newly published books in African Politics.

By Kim Yi Dionne and Laura Seay  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  African Politics, African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 06/23/2014

What do we mean by ‘Islamist’?

“Islamist” is applied to such a wide range of actors with different aims that it’s worth considering whether it does more harm than good.

By Elizabeth R. Nugent  |  11:58 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle-East, Religion

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/23/2014

Electing women makes for better citizens

New research shows that women voters know more about the voting records of female senators -- and men might too.

By Danny Hayes  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014

Vergara vs. California: Are the top 0.1% buying their version of education reform?

The recent school reform case is largely the result of actions of a small set of very wealthy men.

By Mark Palko  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Gates, Education, Inequality

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014

Americans have not become more politically polarized

Here’s how to read the new Pew report on polarization.

By Morris Fiorina  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 06/20/2014

Why did Morocco’s prime minister call for a boycott of Dannon yogurt?

Some asked why Benkirane wasn’t more concerned with affairs of state. But the question is rooted in false assumptions about the prime minister’s power.

By Ann Wainscott  |  01:20 PM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benkirane, Morocco

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Is Scott Walker really facing any ‘scandal’ at all?

The investigation against Walker has faced big challenges. Here’s what that might mean for Walker.

By John Sides  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 06/20/2014

The case that might cripple Facebook

A ruling from Europe’s highest court may have devastating consequences for Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:37 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe, Surveillance

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Will sanctions help sexual minorities in Uganda? Maybe, given what we know from Poland.

External pressures can generate domestic backlash. But that same backlash can embolden LGBT activist organizations.

By Kim Yi Dionne  |  10:31 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Uganda

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Sweden’s Feminist Initiative has lessons for social movements elsewhere

Sweden’s feminist party can now influence policy in the European Parliament. It may also force other parties to take account of its issues.

By Kimberly Cowell-Meyers  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  European Elections, Women in Politics

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014

The most important soccer is not being played in Brazil but in refugee camps in Jordan

How soccer provides some much needed relief in a Jordanian refugee camp.

By Curtis S. Ryan  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014

How big could the Scott Walker scandal be?

Here’s what the research suggests about whether Walker will survive.

By Brandon Rottinghaus  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 06/19/2014

Could nominating women help Republicans win women voters?

Research suggests Republican women will defect and vote for female Democrats.

By John Sides  |  03:57 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/19/2014

Want to defeat ISIS in Iraq? More electricity would help

Local citizens may prove decisive to efforts to drive ISIS out of Iraq. Could better provision of government services could help earn their allegiance?

By Andrew Shaver and Gabriel Tenorio  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Political Economy, Public Opinion

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 06/19/2014

Why U.S. military involvement will hurt Iraq and increase suicide terrorism

Suicide terrorism is generally a response to military occupation.

By Robert Pape  |  12:32 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/19/2014

Race and racism in Honduran soccer and society

The Honduran national team has long featured many players of African descent. But there are also long standing issues of racism in Honduran society.

By Joshua Nadel  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/19/2014

The fight over Europe’s new president

European states are arguing over who becomes the President of the European Commission. The outcome of the battle will help determine whether big states still set the agenda for European politics.

By Henry Farrell  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Europe

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 06/18/2014

How Arab backers of the Syrian rebels see Iraq

If the United States intervenes militarily in support of the Iraqi government, it will be on the opposite side of many of the Arab networks that support the Syrian uprising.

By Marc Lynch  |  06:19 PM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, ISIS, Syria, United States

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/18/2014

When and why do U.S. states make English their official language?

The perceived threat of immigration sometimes leads states to adopt laws that make English the official language but many of these laws have little effect.

By Amy H. Liu and Anand Edward Sokhey  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Immigration

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2014

Why Are Primaries Hard to Predict?

Primary elections between ideologically-similar candidates are inherently hard to predict.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Forecasting, Primaries

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/18/2014

Is the news about Congo’s conflict minerals good?

A report touting more of eastern Congo’s mines being free of the influence of armed actors sound good, but violence is still high and miners still suffer.

By Sarah von Billerbeck  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  African Politics, conflict minerals, DRC

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/17/2014

Getting rid of Maliki won’t solve Iraq’s crisis

Iraq faces an existential crisis that needs to be controlled militarily and then solved politically.

By Fanar Haddad  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, ISIS, Nouri al-Maliki

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/17/2014

How a third party could reduce incarceration in the U.S.

Countries with more parties have fewer people behind bars.

By Salomon Orellana  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Criminal Justice

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/17/2014

How oil helps dictatorships survive

Oil riches prop up dictatorships by defending them against overthrow by rival autocrats.

By Erica Frantz, Barbara Geddes and Joseph Wright  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 06/16/2014

Red pottus, black burqas: Identity markers in Sri Lanka’s extremist violence

Religious violence erupting in Sri Lanka pushes women inside safe spaces, outside of political conversations.

By Nimmi Gowrinathan  |  10:58 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender, Sri Lanka, Violence

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 06/16/2014

USA wins!

2-1!!!

By Joshua Tucker  |  09:28 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 06/16/2014

Will Obama drag down the Democratic ticket in 2016?

The Obama presidency will matter a lot for whether a Democratic succeeds him.

By John Sides  |  03:13 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/16/2014

Could the top-two primary tame the tea party threat?

A top-two primary could protect Republican incumbents against early retirement.

By David McAdams  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 06/16/2014

OPEC, the Phantom Menace

Contrary to the myth, OPEC has almost no impact on oil prices.

By Jeff Colgan  |  10:17 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy, Oil, OPEC

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/16/2014

Education Reform is the new New Math

Discussions of education reform often seem to ignore the follies of previous decades.

By Mark Palko  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education reform

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 06/16/2014

Can soccer unite the Belgians?

Coached by a former Senator, a talented Belgian squad of Flemish, Walloon and immigrant origins is also a symbol of what little unites a fractured Belgium.

By Cas Mudde  |  09:02 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/15/2014

Soccer breeds nationalism and anti-regime protests in Iran

On the field successes of the Iranian national team are a catalyst of nationalism but they also often lead to anti-regime protests.

By Lars Rensmann and Pejman Abdolmohammadi  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/15/2014

A radical Father’s Day gift

Celebrate Dad with social policies that give everyone more freedom in making choices about work and family.

By Elizabeth Markovits and Susan Bickford  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gender

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/14/2014

Imprisoning fathers makes their kids unprepared for school

New research shows that a father in prison affects even kindergarteners.

By Anna R. Haskins  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Criminal Justice

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/14/2014

Why are there so few Latinos on the U.S. soccer team?

Although soccer is the most popular sport among Latinos, many American Latinos support other national teams and few are playing on the U.S. national team.

By Brandon Valeriano  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/13/2014

Why the Iraqi army collapsed (and what can be done about it)

Iraqi security forces confront bad intelligence and rampant corruption.

By Keren Fraiman, Austin Long and Caitlin Talmadge  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/13/2014

What really made the Arab uprisings contagious?

While local acts of protests fizzled in Morocco and Algeria, others, like in Egypt and Libya, quickly evolved into national regime-shaking demonstrations.

By Merouan Mekouar  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Algeria, Arab Spring, Libya, Mobilization, Morocco, Tunisia

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/13/2014

Why Pete Sessions quit the race for House majority leader

The reason is simple: he didn’t have the votes.

By Matthew Green  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/13/2014

‘Kicker Conspiracy’: The week in one song

The World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

By Christopher Federico  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song, World Cup

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/12/2014

How can the U.S. help Maliki when Maliki’s the problem?

The prime minister is a big part of Iraq’s difficulties

By Marc Lynch  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, ISIS, Maliki, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 06/12/2014

An expert on congressional primaries weighs in on Cantor’s loss

Clark University political scientist Robert Boatright, author of “Getting Primaried,” answers questions about Eric Cantor’s defeat and what it really means.

By John Sides  |  11:08 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/12/2014

New evidence for our nasty politics

A new report finds increasing ideological consistency and partisan animosity.

By John Sides  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 06/11/2014

Why Cantor lost

All politics is still local, albeit with a national partisan flair.

By Sarah Binder  |  12:54 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/11/2014

Is the public really learning to love globalization?

Scholars are more likely to think of NAFTA as beneficial to both the U.S. and Mexico than the general public. Surprisingly, college educated Americans are more likely to see NAFTA as just good for Mexico.

By Daniel Maliniak and Ryan Powers  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Globalization

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 06/11/2014

Why it’s pretty obvious the Syria vote totals are fabricated

The official vote totals from the Syrian election are exact percentages. It’s essentially impossible to imagine these numbers are the actual vote totals.

By Andrew Gelman  |  10:03 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Fraud, Methodology, Syria

Posted at 06:55 AM ET, 06/11/2014

Why Malawi’s election surprised us, even if the outcome was unsurprising

Difficult election in Malawi resulted in new president with no party holding a majority in the parliament.

By Kim Yi Dionne and Boniface Dulani  |  06:55 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Report

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 06/10/2014

Brazil’s protest paradox

The World Cup offers an opportunity for protests in Brazil but is not the main reason those protests are taking place.

By Diego von Vacano and Thiago Silva  |  04:37 PM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 06/10/2014

The party politics of pot

What might sink Denver’s chances to host the Republican National Convention? Marijuana.

By Seth Masket  |  09:35 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/10/2014

How ‘rogue’ is China’s aid?

China is hardly unique in shaping its foreign policy around natural resource needs.

By Cullen S. Hendrix and Marcus Noland  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/10/2014

Lessons from 25 years of post-communism: the importance of reform, democracy, and geography

A quarter century after the collapse of communism, the data show that radical reform worked, democratization tended to precede market reforms, visionary leaders made a difference, and that post-communist countries are converging with their neighbors—whether that means Germany or Afghanistan.

By Daniel Treisman  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Comparative Politics, Political Economy, post-communism

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 06/09/2014

The truth behind Ireland’s dead babies scandal

There probably aren’t 800 skeletons of children and babies dumped in a septic tank outside a former home for unwed mothers. That is not to say that there isn’t a real scandal.

By Henry Farrell  |  03:06 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Irish politics

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 06/09/2014

National characteristics do not explain soccer styles

Contrary to popular wisdom, the playing styles of national soccer teams is not reflective of underlying national cultural characteristics.

By Andrei S. Markovits  |  02:44 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 06/09/2014

Will Israel’s presidential election bring an unexpected result?

An election for a mostly symbolic office might offer some surprises for Israeli politics.

By Sefi Keller  |  02:32 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election Report, Israel, Middle-East

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/09/2014

How economic despair pushed Spain to embrace a new party

A new political party, Podemos, came out of nowhere to win 8 percent of the vote in Spain’s European elections. Its success suggests that austerity and economic despair are pushing Spanish citizens to the left.

By Sofia Perez  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, European Elections

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/09/2014

Four things everyone should know about wartime sexual violence

New data convey valuable lessons about incidences of sexual violence during armed conflicts.

By Dara Kay Cohen, Ragnhild Nordås and Elisabeth Wood  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sexual Violence

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 06/07/2014

How the left and the right talk differently about the ethnicity of German soccer players

An analysis of media reports reveals differences between how the left and the right talked about the multi-ethnic German national soccer team.

By Jacqueline S. Gehring  |  03:43 PM ET, 06/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/06/2014

The (de) Gaulle of it: Fractious French attitude and its twitchy national team

How France has benefited from and struggled with fully integrating footballers with roots in its former colonies.

By Daniel Lilie  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/06/2014

How legacies of violence affected the Colombian elections

The Presidential candidate who opened negotiations with the FARC fared worse in areas where more FARC attacks have historically occurred.

By Michael Weintraub  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colombia

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 06/06/2014

Do Americans really love drone strikes?

There’s some truth to accounts that the American public has supported drones. But is this an artifact of how polls are structured?

By Sarah Kreps  |  10:27 AM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drones, Public Opinion

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/06/2014

‘Some Mother’s Son’: The week in one song

Remembering D-Day, 70 years on.

By Christopher Federico  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Week in One Song

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 06/06/2014

‘The other French team’: Soccer and independence in Algeria

How soccer became emblematic for Algeria’s struggle for independence from France and then for its continued dependence on its former colonial master.

By Tony Ross  |  09:02 AM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/06/2014

What good is a fake legislature?

Authoritarian legislatures protect investors from each other, not from the state.

By Nathan Jensen, Edmund J. Malesky and Stephen Weymouth  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  authoritarianism, Collaboration with journals, Political Economy

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/05/2014

The stakes and symbolism of voting from abroad

Out of country voting is a growing practice. But it could have tremendous stakes for the MENA region.

By Laurie A. Brand  |  02:26 PM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diaspora, Egypt, Elections, Syria

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 06/05/2014

Excellent resource on European Parliament elections

Interested in election summaries and results for all 28 countries that voted in last month’s European Parliamentary elections? We’ve found a great new source of information.

By Joshua Tucker  |  10:10 AM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, Election Report, Voting

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/04/2014

El Tri: A pagan religion for all

In Mexican culture and politics, soccer is like a pagan religion with its own gods, temples, and disciples.

By Tamir Bar-On  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/04/2014

Caste and ‘the Muslim Vote’ in the Battle for India’s Varanasi

Was Narendra Modi’s as Prime Minister of India election a foregone conclusion? Evidence from the city of Varanasi suggests that identity politics played a major role in his recent victory.

By Jolie Wood  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 06/03/2014

Signing statements and Sgt. Bergdahl

Obama can claim the congressional notification law was wrong - but it’s hard to claim he followed it.

By Andrew Rudalevige  |  04:43 PM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bergdahl, Congress, Presidency, signing statements

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/03/2014

Can turnout save the Democrats in 2014?

Turnout matters, but not as much as you think.

By John Sides  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/03/2014

How democracies are gamed for power and profit: an addendum to Piketty

Despite recent hand-wringing about oligarchy, taming elites is possible but should be done at the outset of democracy.

By Mike Albertus and Victor Menaldo  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Collaboration with journals, Political Economy

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/03/2014

Sisi channels Salazar…whoever he was

Rather than trying to recreate Mubarak’s presidency, Sisi seems to be channeling authoritarian Portuguese leader António de Oliveira Salazar. The only question is whether Sisi can last as long.

By Nathan J. Brown and Oren Samet-Marram  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Authoritarian, Egypt, Salazar

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 06/03/2014

Scapegoating Africa’s immigrants

How African leaders use mass immigrant expulsions during economic downturns and how immigrant communities protect themselves against scapegoating.

By Claire Adida  |  09:43 AM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  African Politics

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 06/02/2014

Ukraine’s 2014 presidential election result is unlikely to be repeated

Ukraine’s electoral map looks quite different from previous elecitons, but this change is unlikely to last.

By Sergiy Kudelia  |  01:58 PM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Election, Election Report, political geography, Ukraine, Voting

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 06/02/2014

A new political dilemma for Egypt’s ruling military

How Egypt’s military has moved to protect itself from the threat posed by the election of one of its own.

By Ellis Goldberg  |  11:48 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt, Military, Supreme Council Of The Armed Forces

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/02/2014

If you can fake spontaneity you have it made: Five key questions about the grassroots industry

Americans usually think of ‘grassroots’ politics as spontaneous outbursts of public opinion. In fact, a specialized industry of political operatives organize many grassroots efforts.

By Henry Farrell  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Consultants

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Diversity is good for team performance in soccer

A new study shows that teams with more linguistic diversity performed better in European soccer tournaments.

By Edmund J. Malesky and Sebastian M. Saiegh  |  10:18 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Cup

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Latin Americans are embracing globalization and their former colonial masters

A prominent Latin American writer recently disavowed his anti-globalization stance. Most Latin Americans were way ahead of him.

By Andy Baker  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Political Economy

 

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