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Why does social science have such a hard job explaining itself? | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional
"A social scientific scrutiny of the human, rather than natural, world doesn't easily lend itself to generalisable laws, cast-iron predictions, nor can it always preserve a distinction between fact and value. Defenders of social science need to say that, and to argue that careful, theoretically and methodologically rigorous exploration of these subjects are fundamental to a healthy society even if finding unarguable evidence is extremely difficult."
nsf  funding  social-science  politicians  politics  research  science  government  meaning 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Lawmaker blasts colleague over perceived intrusion into social science funding | Inside Higher Ed
"The unusually public and nasty feud between the top two leaders of the House Science Committee is the latest flare-up of the recent political science wars that have put scholars in the discipline on the defensive. Congress voted last month to strip funding for most political science research from the budget of the National Science Foundation, and at a hearing this month, Republican lawmakers signaled their desire to examine how the NSF allocates funds for social and behavioral science studies."
nsf  funding  social-science  politicians  politics  research  science  government  peer-review 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The President's Movie | The American Prospect
"President Obama has been especially disinclined to enter the darkened theater, play actor-in-chief, and replace policy with national therapy. One suspects that he thinks it is demeaning and demagogic -- beneath him and the office. The presidency should be substantive. It should be about serious stuff. It should tackle problems, not pretend that they don't exist or that they will disappear if we just put ourselves in the proper frame of mind. All of which places him at a tremendous disadvantage in the contemporary politics of theatricality. One reason for Reagan's success as a communicator is that he actually believed in his own cheery message. He truly believed the cliches, the simplifications, the optimism. For Obama, as for many liberals, it is all hooey.

And that reluctance to embrace the presidency as a feel-good movie-dream may be the real answer to why the candidate who entered the nation's emotional life became a president who retreated from it."
communication  metaphor  politics  politicians  obama 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Presidential memoirs of George W. Bush, review : The New Yorker
For him, the war remains “eternally right,” a success with unfortunate footnotes. His decisions, he still believes, made America safer, gave Iraqis hope, and changed the future of the Middle East for the better. Of these three claims, only one is true—the second—and it’s a truth steeped in tragedy.
Bush ends “Decision Points” with the sanguine thought that history’s verdict on his Presidency will come only after his death. During his years in office, two wars turned into needless disasters, and the freedom agenda created such deep cynicism around the world that the word itself was spoiled. In America, the gap between the rich few and the vast majority widened dramatically, contributing to a historic financial crisis and an ongoing recession; the poisoning of the atmosphere continued unabated; and the Constitution had less and less say over the exercise of executive power. Whatever the judgments of historians, these will remain foregone conclusions.
about(GeorgeBush)  book  review  autobiography  decision-making  politicians  history 
november 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
The Conspiracy to Destroy Conspiracy « Easily Distracted
Sunstein’s paper exemplifies what I was writing about last week, about the inauthenticity of political and social life at the moment. As I said then, it’s not just Sunstein’s problem. Far too much public conversation is driven by a similar conceit, a belief that you can move obstacles to your favored goals by pushing constantly at them with half-truths and manipulations
politics  politicians  framing  conspiracy  propaganda  lying 
january 2010 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
The Immanent Frame » This song is old. But is it true?
In perfect harmony, God and American democracy call us to continue a long and difficult tradition imagined as a journey “up the path” of progress.

This song is old. But is it true?
america  politicians  rhetoric  about(BarackObama)  progress 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Megaprojects and Risk - Cambridge University Press
Megaprojects and Risk provides the first detailed examination of the phenomenon of megaprojects. It is a fascinating account of how the promoters of multi-billion dollar megaprojects systematically and self-servingly misinform parliaments, the public and the media in order to get projects approved and built. It shows, in unusual depth, how the formula for approval is an unhealthy cocktail of underestimated costs, overestimated revenues, undervalued environmental impacts and overvalued economic development effects. This results in projects that are extremely risky, but where the risk is concealed from MPs, taxpayers and investors.
book  megaprojects  risk  politics  politicians  economics  infrastructure 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Eruptions of Know-Nothingism
The attacks are themselves part of a broader tradition in American politics that is not itself partisan: The mockery of specific scientific appropriations, which are made to look silly even though, in most cases, it’s actually serious research geared toward a public purpose. Call it the “sex lives of marmots” line of argument, as a Washington science policy hand once memorably put it to me.
science  politics  politicians  republicans  public  perception  budget  money  government 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - Obama Riding the Wave -
"My job is to help the country take the long view — to make sure that not only are we getting out of this immediate fix, but we’re not repeating the same cycle of bubble and bust over and over again.." quoting Obama.
politics  commentary  long-term  politicians  rhetoric  obama  president  american 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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