Latest from Nolan McCarty

Where do vetoes come from?

The political science of the veto, explained.
  • Feb 24, 2015

Grading the Cromnibus

The spending legislation contains most of the items on the typical American’s “Why I Hate Congress” list, but when measured at the standards of recent history, it wasn’t all that bad.
  • Dec 12, 2014

Will Loretta Lynch end ‘Too Big To Jail’?

There is one area where there was some bipartisan agreement about Eric Holder’s tenure: disapproval of his failure to aggressively pursue criminal charges against large financial institutions.
  • Nov 13, 2014

Five things the Goldman tapes teach us about financial regulation

Before the release of the Goldman tapes, Americans could only conjecture how the Fed and other regulators had allowed the conditions that led to the financial crisis. But now we know.
  • Sep 30, 2014

What we know (and what we don’t) about polarization in politics

The roots of current polarization go back almost 40 years.
  • Jan 8, 2014

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

Here are 6 key points about polarization in American politics.
  • Jan 8, 2014

Hate our polarized politics? Why you can’t blame gerrymandering.

A few years back, two√ collaborators and I completed a paper titled “Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization?”√ Our answer was an emphatic (at least by scholarly conventions) “only a little bit, if at...
  • Oct 26, 2012