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Political Hobbyists Are Ruining Politics - The Atlantic
"Political hobbyism is to public affairs what watching SportsCenter is to playing football."
political-science  hobby  whiteness  race  power 
25 days ago by tsuomela
Did Americans' Racial Attitudes Elect Trump? - Niskanen Center
"The emerging consensus is that Donald Trump won the 2016 election by divisively appealing to voters’ views on race and immigration. But Justin Grimmer and Will Marble find that Trump gained votes over Romney among low-education white voters, largely independents and moderates, who had centrist views on race and immigration. In contrast, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck find that the 2016 campaign activated voters’ attitudes on race, immigration, and identity, making them more important in driving voter decisions. A large all-star panel reviews the central debate over the 2016 election and its implications for the 2020 campaign ahead."
election  2016  DonaldTrump  political-science 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Why are poor Americans more patriotic than their wealthier counterparts? | Francesco Duina | Opinion | The Guardian
"Data indicates that 100% of Americans who belong to the lowest income group are either ‘very’ or ‘quite’ proud of their country. Why is that?"
class  america  poverty  pride  patriotism  political-science  sociology 
12 weeks ago by tsuomela
Overdoing a Good Thing | Chapter 16
"In Overdoing Democracy, Robert B. Talisse makes the case for stepping back from the maelstrom of politics"
book  interview  political-science  philosophy  democracy  community  volunteer 
november 2019 by tsuomela
What John Rawls Missed | The New Republic
book  review  political-science  philosophy  intellectual  history  justice 
october 2019 by tsuomela
The Ultra-Rich Are Ultra-Conservative
"Billionaires typically stay quiet about their politics. But don’t mistake their silence for moderation — the uber-rich tend to be extremely politically active and extremely conservative."
book  interview  wealth  power  political-science 
august 2019 by tsuomela
Irony and Outrage - Dannagal Goldthwaite Young - Oxford University Press
"Irony and Outrage The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States Dannagal Goldthwaite Young Includes a new theory to account for why political satire tends to come from the left while talk radio and pundit shows dominate on the right Provides original data never seen before on the unique psychological characteristics of the audiences of satire versus the audiences of outrage First hand interview accounts of the history of satire as a genre from numerous comedians Concludes with a bold argument regarding the exploitable nature of the logic of outrage programming "
book  publisher  communication  psychology  humor  political-science 
june 2019 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Populists as snake oil sellers
Recap of research on why snake oil medicine cures were so popular in 19c.
political-science  success  failure  medicine  19c  fake-news  marketing 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy by Henry Farrell, Bruce Schneier :: SSRN
"Existing approaches to cybersecurity emphasize either international state-to-state logics (such as deterrence theory) or the integrity of individual information systems. Neither provides a good understanding of new “soft cyber” attacks that involve the manipulation of expectations and common understandings. We argue that scaling up computer security arguments to the level of the state, so that the entire polity is treated as an information system with associated attack surfaces and threat models, provides the best immediate way to understand these attacks and how to mitigate them. We demonstrate systematic differences between how autocracies and democracies work as information systems, because they rely on different mixes of common and contested political knowledge. Stable autocracies will have common knowledge over who is in charge and their associated ideological or policy goals, but will generate contested knowledge over who the various political actors in society are, and how they might form coalitions and gain public support, so as to make it more difficult for coalitions to displace the regime. Stable democracies will have contested knowledge over who is in charge, but common knowledge over who the political actors are, and how they may form coalitions and gain public support. These differences are associated with notably different attack surfaces and threat models. Specifically, democracies are vulnerable to measures that “flood” public debate and disrupt shared decentralized understandings of actors and coalitions, in ways that autocracies are not. "
democracy  political-science  technology  information-science  security 
november 2018 by tsuomela
Divided We Stand : Democracy Journal
"The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era By Sam Rosenfeld • University Of Chicago Press • 336 pages • $30"
book  review  history  political-science  partisanship 
september 2018 by tsuomela
The Recent Unpleasantness: Understanding the Cycles of Constitutional Time by Jack M. Balkin :: SSRN
"This article, originally given as the 2017 Addison C. Harris Lecture at Indiana University, analyzes recent events in terms of three great cycles of change in American constitutional history. The first is the cycle of the rise and fall of political regimes. The second is the cycle of polarization and depolarization. The third is the cycle of the decay and renewal of republican government--the cycle of constitutional rot. Each of these cycles operates on a different time scale. Their interaction generates "constitutional time." Many commentators worry that the United States is in a period of constitutional crisis, or that American democracy is doomed. These fears, although understandable, are overstated. America is not in a constitutional crisis, although it is suffering from a fairly severe case of constitutional rot, connected to rising polarization and economic inequality. Our current difficulties are a temporary condition. They stem from the fact that the Reagan regime that has structured American politics since the 1980s is dying, but a new regime has yet to be born. This is a difficult, agonizing, and humbling transition; and its difficulty is enhanced by the fact that, unlike the last transition, it occurs at the peak of a cycle of polarization and at the low point of a cycle of constitutional rot. For that reason, the transition to a new political regime is likely to be especially difficult. But we will get through it. And when we get through it, about five to ten years from now, American politics will look quite different. Political renewal is hardly foreordained: it will require persistence and political effort. The point of this lecture is to offer a bit of hope in difficult times. If people misunderstand our situation, and conclude that American decline is inevitable, they may unwittingly help to make that fate a reality; but if they understand the cycles of constitutional time, they may come to believe that their democracy can be redeemed, and do their part to realize that worthy goal. "
political-science  law  constitution  history  american-studies 
august 2018 by tsuomela
A Tale of Two States - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Fall of Wisconsin:The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics By Dan Kaufman Published 07.10.2018 W. W. Norton & Company 336 Pages State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future By Manuel Pastor Published 04.03.2018 The New Press 288 Pages"
books  review  political-science  state 
august 2018 by tsuomela
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