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The Weekly Standard makes a fact-free argument about political science. Here are some facts.

Over at the Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward has a new piece arguing that political science is on its last legs. His main evidence is that Stanford University’s political science department has seen a big decline in undergraduate enrollment. This leads him to argue that students are fleeing …

Is Political Science Dying?

While the campus grievance mongers cry for <i>Justice!</i> and continue their drive for power and safe spaces, I note an extraordinary story in the latest …

How Facebook and Google's Algorithms Are Affecting Our Political Viewpoints

Plenty of users take what they read online at face value, which some social experiments have proven. The average user often doesn't check facts or consider whether the source is credible.<p>"You look at a Wikipedia article and assume that it all must be true," said Christo Wilson, a computer science …

No, Americans have not become more ideologically polarized

The polarization of Democrats and Republicans in Congress is so well-known that it seems natural to conclude that the American public is polarizing, too. A recent Pew Research Center report generated headlines such as “Polarization is dividing American society, not just politics.” Ezra Klein called …

Just What We Need: An Algorithm to Help Politicians Pander

There's a reason Republicans love to name-drop Ronald Reagan. It's not because their policies are always in line with Reagan's, as many opponents …

Machine Learning

Better candidates drop out early

Scott Walker is out. He joins Rick Perry on the list of Republicans who officially announced their presidential candidacies and later withdrew. Obviously, we still have quite a few candidates left in the race, but this was a big one.<p>I'll admit that I expected Walker to be a stronger contender for …

Political scientists think "the party" will stop Trump. They shouldn't be so sure. - Vox

When Donald Trump walked on to the presidential debate stage on August 6, he walked into a trap.<p>Bret Baier began with a question designed to make sure every one of its viewers knew that Trump, and Trump alone, was refusing to rule out a campaign as an independent. He asked broadly if "anyone on …

Five things you need to know about how the Canadian economy is shaping its upcoming election

<i>Joshua Tucker: Continuing our series of Monkey Cage Election Reports, the following is a post on the 2015 Canadian parliamentary election from political scientist Prosper Bernard, Jr., City University of New York.</i><p>On Oct. 19, a month away, Canadians will go to the polls to elect their next …

What game theory tells us about Wednesday’s debate and the Republican primary

Like Wednesday night’s debate, the race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination is a free-for-all.<p>Although it is a crowded field, we can still make sense of the debate — and the longer battle for the nomination — with some canonical ideas drawn from game theory.<p><b>Lots of Republican voters</b> …

This is why Australia churns through leaders so quickly

When Malcolm Turnbull successfully challenged incumbent Tony Abbott for the leadership of the governing Liberal Party, he became the fifth Australian prime minister to hold office in as many years.<p>Leadership churn in Australian politics is so regular that major news agencies across the world have …

Donald Trump's campaign will teach us nothing

Donald Trump's presidential candidacy has been in the news (and, relatedly, atop the polls) for a while now — a good deal longer than most political observers expected it would be. As such, it's invited a great deal of analysis about What It Means. Do Trump's successes so far mean that voters no …

Voters seem to respond to the the ‘reported’ rather than the ‘real’ economy

<i>The economy was one of the defining issues of the recent General Election, which research suggesting that Labour’s relative reputational weakness was</i> …

Emails won’t decide Clinton’s fate in 2016

Another round of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department has been released, and the media continues its preoccupation with the …

Inside Higher Ed's News

<i>May 24, 2018</i><p>Academe sees a new wave of faculty-student dating bans in the era of Me Too.<p><i>May 24, 2018</i><p>Several of novelist Philip Roth's books called …

Higher Education

Hoping to see party leaders in your town? Only if they have something to gain

Even in the longest federal election campaign in recent history, party leaders don't have time to waste.<p>As a result, you shouldn't expect to see them …

Canada

Why does Trump remain atop the polls? You can still blame the media.

<b>Cranky Reader</b>: Sides, you are an idiot.<p><b>Me</b>: Cranky Reader! Welcome back. It’s been a long time since you’ve been in touch.<p><b>CR</b>: Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a long time since you’ve been dead wrong about a presidential election.<p><b>Me</b>: What did I do now?<p><b>CR</b>: Remember how a few weeks ago you said to “blame …

Why do people on the other side seem so unreasonable?

George W. Bush famously described himself as “a uniter, not a divider.” A few years into his presidency there was a survey that reported that 49 percent of Americans thought he was a “uniter” and 49 percent thought him a “divider” — a poignant reminder that Americans are so polarized, they’re even …

Should Labor break ties with the unions?

• John Warhurst<br>• 02 August 2015<p>15 Comments<p>The formal link through affiliation between trade unions and the Labor Party is sacred in many quarters, has …

Technology and Science News - ABC News

Apple unveils new security feature for iPhone<p>Hacking danger facing the airline industry<p>Uber developing technology to detect drunken passengers<p>'Net …

Cyber-attacks

Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways

A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.<p>If you’re a Republican and a fan of Sean Hannity, global warming is a scam. If you’re a Rachel Maddow-watching Democrat, you …

Demographics

How Marco Rubio turned political star power into a soaring personal income

Marco Rubio was 28 when he was elected to the Florida legislature. He was about to become a father and was struggling to balance the financial demands of a growing family with his political aspirations.<p>About a year and a half after taking his seat in Florida’s part-time legislature, Rubio got a …

The number of undecided voters in the US won't stop shrinking

But how many voters are truly up for grabs? How many are persuadable, susceptible to switching from one candidate to the other?<p>Probably fewer than you think. The polarization of American politics continues to sort the United States population into political teams that are generally unmoved by the …

Political science’s problem with research ethics

Ethicist Trisha Phillips discusses the fall-out from the Michael LaCour scandal.<p>Researchers are still debating what academia can learn from last …

This astonishing chart shows how moderate Republicans are an endangered species

Political scientists have known for years that political polarization is largely a one-sided phenomenon: in recent decades the Republican Party has moved to the right much faster than Democrats have moved to the left. As Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution has described it, "Republicans have …

The presidential curse of being a Northeast governor

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday became the eighth Republican to formally declare a bid for the party’s presidential nomination in …

Not Just Gay Marriage - Another Political Science Paper By The Same Author Looks Made Up

Michael LaCour, the UCLA graduate student at the center of a bizarre "science" scandal - we'd do science a real favor if we stopped calling political …

Ireland’s voters approve same-sex marriage. Here’s how that happened.

The official results make it clear that Ireland has voted yes to marriage equality. The final vote was 62.4% in favor of same sex marriage and 37.6% against. The yes vote was well over 70% in Dublin, and between 50 and 65 percent for most of the rest of the country. This is, on the face of it, an …

LGBTQI

How equality campaigners got Ireland to vote for same sex marriage

The resounding Yes to a vote on marriage equality has many lessons for voter engagement and campaign mobilization more generally.<p>The Yes Equality campaign was a clear endorsement of the potential of a bottom up, grass-roots campaign. It was crowdfunded and heavily invested in social media. One of …