Monthly Archives: January 2018

22 million new voters by 2020

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13With The LAMP, a New York City nonprofit that works on media and digital literacy skills, my colleagues at CIRCLE are launching the 22×20 Campaign, which has the tagline “22 million new voters by the year 2020.” For the … Continue reading

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Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10In home movies and fading Polaroids, They look funny, their lapels wide and garish, Their facial hair risible, movements jerky. They look naive–fools, ignorant of what came next. But I report: the grass felt just the same … Continue reading

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differences in voting by major

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10My colleague Inger Bergom has a piece in The Conversation with Hyun Kyoung Ro entitled “Why don’t STEM majors vote as much as others?” They are analyzing data from the two million college students who are included in our National Study … Continue reading

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conflict v mistake as a framework for politics

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Scott Alexander has an interesting blog post that distinguishes two ways of thinking about politics: “Politics as mistake.” I’d put this one a little differently. The core idea is that institutions have flaws that result from their … Continue reading

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watching democratic cultures decline

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9Yesterday, I offered some evidence that broad public deliberation declines when authoritarianism rises. I used data Varieties of Democracy, which asks 2,800 experts questions about specific countries in specific years. For this purpose, I’ll define “authoritarianism” as … Continue reading

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authoritarianism and deliberative democracy

Facebook29 Twitter2 Google+0Total: 31The Varieties of Democracy project asks 2,800 experts many questions about specific countries in specific years. One question is “When important policy changes are being considered, how wide and how independent are public deliberations?” The scale ranges … Continue reading

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DACA and justice

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11About 800,000 people are “DREAMers”–enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They are subject to deportation unless Congress reverses Donald Trump’s executive order rescinding DACA. Their cases represent 800,000 potential tragedies. When so many people are faced with … Continue reading

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Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Donald Trump’s popularity is really quite stable. For a while, it looked as if he was losing a point or so per month, but that trend has reversed. From the perspective of January 2018, the flatness of … Continue reading

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apply for the 2018 Summer Institute of Civic Studies

Facebook22 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 22The eleventh annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will take place from June 11 to June 21, 2018 at Tufts University. It will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar that brings together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from … Continue reading

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Why Civil Resistance Works

Facebook106 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 106Here are some working notes on Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011) This is their central finding: nonviolent campaigns are nearly twice as … Continue reading

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