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A plain blog about politics: Be a Citizen, Not a Subject
What I'd say to them is: Barack Obama is not a king, and you are not a subject.  You are a citizen.  Act like it.  American political parties are extremely permeable: get active.  If things don't go your way, get more active.  If you've been active, stay in the game.  Expect disappointments -- you are one of 300 million, and many of them disagree with you.
politcal-science  politics  emotion  disappointment  citizenship  participation 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Ober, J.: Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens.
When does democracy work well, and why? Is democracy the best form of government? These questions are of supreme importance today as the United States seeks to promote its democratic values abroad. Democracy and Knowledge is the first book to look to ancient Athens to explain how and why directly democratic government by the people produces wealth, power, and security.

Combining a history of Athens with contemporary theories of collective action and rational choice developed by economists and political scientists, Josiah Ober examines Athenian democracy's unique contribution to the ancient Greek city-state's remarkable success, and demonstrates the valuable lessons Athenian political practices hold for us today
book  publisher  politcal-science  ancient  history  collective-action  rational  choice 
november 2010 by tsuomela
2010 Midterm Elections: Here Comes A Lost Generation | The New Republic
The United States does not have a parliamentary system. It has been characterized by long-term political realignments in which one party had been dominant for a decade or more. But the latest realignments have not come to pass. In 2001, Karl Rove believed that George W. Bush had created a new McKinley majority that would endure for decades; and when Obama was elected, many Democrats, including me, thought that he had a chance to create a Roosevelt-like Democratic majority. But instead, like Japan, we’ve had a succession of false dawns, or what Walter Dean Burnham once called an “unstable equilibrium.” That’s not good for party loyalists, but it’s also not good for the country. America needs bold and consistent leadership to get us out of the impasse we are in, but if this election says anything, it’s that we’re not going to get it over the next two or maybe even ten years.
politcal-science  politics  trend  moderation  power  realignment  election  future  lost-decade  gloom-and-doom  reform  failure 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Cosmopolitan social democracy — Crooked Timber
The left needs to offer a transformational vision of a better society if it is to motivate the kind of enthusiasm needed to overcome a rightwing politics of tribalism and (often misperceived) self-interest. The 19th/20th century vision of socialism and class solidarity provides a model and a starting point, but that model is no longer adequate, and the political movements it gave rise to are in disarray. We need, a world view that extends the solidarity of social democracy to the whole of humanity
politcal-science  politics  liberal  liberalism  cosmopolitanism  international 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Home | Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements
Established in February 2009, the mission of the Center is to encourage and nurture comparative scholarship on right-wing movements in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other regions of the world over the past hundred years. The Center is especially interested in supporting research that examines the diversity of right-wing movements and their respective emphasis on social and religious issues, nationalism and race, and economic doctrines. The Center promotes research, offers mini-grants, fellowships, and training opportunities to Berkeley students, publishes findings, and brings together leading scholars through conferences, colloquia, and other public events in order to engage in a comparative and interdisciplinary dialogue on right-wing ideology, politics, and organizational forms and their likely directions in the 21st century.
right-wing  conservatism  politcal-science  fascism  international  reactionary 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Stalemate State | The American Prospect
Gridlock will not bring the stability and compromise that pundits crave. It will result in a slow, quiet, yet inexorable erosion of government's capacity to effectively address the nation's problems. Nor will it foster centrist solutions. Instead, it will strengthen the hands of those who resist the very idea that government can or should address these big issues -- and who understand full well that blocking change in policy yields social and economic outcomes they favor.
politcal-science  politics  gridlock  american  congress 
october 2010 by tsuomela
A plain blog about politics: Sterner Stuff
The system needs -- is dependent on -- people who crave election and re-election so badly that they're willing to do whatever it takes.  Madison recognized the downside of that in Federalist 51, but he also realized that all that energy could be an enormous positive as well, because it could be harnessed.  Ambitious politicians are going to work hard to figure out what voters really want, and deliver it to them. They're going to want a healthy economy...because that will get them re-elected.  They're going to take the nation to war reluctantly and only when positive outcomes seem very likely at low costs (or if avoiding war will be highly costly)...because it will get them re-elected.
ambition  politcal-science  politics  politicians  personality  goals  election 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Two Types of People
Types A and B map reasonably well onto today’s culture wars, with A the modern/liberal and B the traditional/conservative. It maps well to the rich-poor axis from the World Value Survey.  But in fact, type A vs. B are actually foragers vs. farmers. Which is my point: I think a lot of today’s political disputes come down to a conflict between farmer and forager ways, with forager ways slowly and steadily winning out since the industrial revolution. It seems we acted like farmers when farming required that, but when richer we feel we can afford to revert to more natural-feeling forager ways. The main exceptions, like school and workplace domination and ranking, are required to generate industry-level wealth. We live a farmer lifestyle when poor, but prefer to buy a forager lifestyle when rich
psychology  politcal-science  speculation  two-sides 
october 2010 by tsuomela
When It All Went Wrong | The American Prospect
Mark Schmitt reviews:
Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980, by Laura Kalman, W.W. Norton, 473 pages, $27.95
Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class, by Jefferson Cowie, The New Press, 480 pages, $27.95
Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies, by Judith Stein, Yale University Press, 367 pages, $32.50
books  review  history  politcal-science  politics  america  1970s 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Philosopher's Stone
A Commentary on the Passing Scene by Robert Paul Wolff
weblog-individual  politcal-science  economics  activism  academic 
october 2010 by tsuomela
News: The Liberal (and Moderating) Professoriate - Inside Higher Ed
From 2007 - "The 72-page study -- "The Social and Political Views of American Professors" -- was produced with the goal of moving analysis of the political views of faculty members out of the culture wars and back to social science. The study offers at times harsh criticism of many of the analyses of these issues in recent years (both from those hoping to tag the professoriate as foolishly radical and those seeking to rebut those charges). The study included community college professors along with four-year institutions, and featured analysis of non-responders to the survey (two features missing from many recent reports)."
politics  politcal-science  sociology  survey  academia  attitude  professor 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Energy Conservation "Nudges" and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment
“Nudges” are being widely promoted to encourage energy conservation. We show that while the electricity conservation “nudge” of providing feedback to households on own and peers’ home electricity usage works with liberals, it can backfire with conservatives. Our regression estimates predict that a Democratic household that pays for electricity from renewable sources, that donates to environmental groups, and that lives in a liberal neighborhood reduces its consumption by 3 percent in response to this nudge. A Republican household that does not pay for electricity from renewable sources and that does not donate to environmental groups increases its consumption by 1 percent.
energy  environment  nudge  behavioral-economics  politcal-science  politics  ideology  conservative  republicans  democrats 
july 2010 by tsuomela
National Journal Online - How 'Independent' Are Independents?
As Sides point out, "the vast majority" of those who initially identify as independent will "lean" toward a political party, so the number of remaining "pure independents" is typically small -- only about 10 percent of the population.

Far more important, independents who lean to one party typically "act like partisans," as Sides puts it. They vote for their side's candidates as often as those who initially identify with a party but describe their attachment (on yet another follow-up question) as weak.
politcal-science  politics  independent  partisanship  party  polling 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Problem of Organizations « Easily Distracted
The political and social problem of making institutions renewable and self-repairing without handing them a perpetual license to seek transfers, to be always “too important to fail”, is the real problem of the 21st Century. It applies across market and state, civil society and private life.
institutions  organizations  design  sociology  politcal-science  politics  power  corruption  21c  renewable  time  endurance  sustainability  societies 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Labor Unions See Sharp Slide in U.S. Public Support
Gallup finds organized labor taking a significant image hit in the past year. While 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation's economy. More broadly, fewer than half of Americans -- 48%, an all-time low -- approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.
labor  unions  polls  work  public-opinion  politics  politcal-science 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: A Different America -- The Situation of Economic Polarization
The broader tendency to ignore situational factors in favor of dispositional ones--not just at the level of individual perception, but as a general pattern of human cognition--has emerged as a central subject
fundamental-attribution-error  psychology  situationism  disposition  attribution  bias  deep-capture  regulatory-capture  ideology  politicians  politcal-science 
september 2009 by tsuomela
IPR People: James Druckman
James Druckman's research focuses on political preference formation and communication. His most recent work examines how citizens make political, economic, and social decisions in various different contexts
people  academic  politcal-science  framing  rhetoric  policy 
april 2008 by tsuomela
Public Choice - Public Finance & Economics Journals, Books & Online Media | Springer
Public Choice studies the intersection between economics and political science. The journal plays a central role in fostering exchange between economists and political scientists, enabling both communities to explain and learn from each other’s perspect
journal  economics  politcal-science 
march 2008 by tsuomela
home | Tactical Technology Collective
Tactical Tech is an international NGO working at the intersection of advocacy and technology. We use our technical expertise to increase the impact of campaigns in social justice and human rights
politcal-science  politics  activism  online  technology  non-profit  open-source 
february 2008 by tsuomela
Anarchism as a Political Philosophy
Against the State: An Introduction to Anarchist Political Theory
politcal-science  politics  theory  anarchism  power 
november 2007 by tsuomela
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Welcome to the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Founded in 1923, we have developed a worldwide reputation for generating new knowledge to advance understanding of critical social issues, both nationally and internationally
social-science  sociology  psychology  politcal-science  academic  professional-association 
november 2007 by tsuomela

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