This blog is mainly for updates about my WordPress plugins–which, frankly, haven’t had much attention from me lately, since I’m frantically trying to finish my dissertation.
But in the meantime, check out AbstractPolitics.com , summarizing the latest research from leading political scientists in an easy-to-read digest.
Political scientists aren’t pundits; that is, the point of their research isn’t generally to predict whether Obama or Clinton will be the nominee. Instead, they try to identify broader patterns in politics.
For example, why do some Congressional races attract strong challengers, while others attract no challenger at all (or a political novice)? It matters .
And why is it that some people can speak of the “worthy opposition,” while others assume that if you belong to the opposing party you must be an idiot? It turns out that TV has something to do with it .
How about turnout? Why is it so low? Is there anything we could do to improve it? Well, yes. But it’s a brutal method .
Check it out. Have fun.