Monthly Archives: May 2019

asking the public to do the reading

Facebook8 Twitter1Total9Buzzfeed’s Tanya Chen assembles lots of tweets and other quotes that analogize Bob Mueller to a frustrated college instructor. The American people are his students. Since we didn’t do the reading, we want him to explain it all in … Continue reading

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what does the European Green surge mean?

Facebook4 Twitter2Total6The Greens did very well in the EU elections. One interpretation is that a substantial minority of Europeans are now seriously focused on climate issues and voted Green to promote EU-wide climate policies. But the Greens also stand for … Continue reading

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marginalizing views in a time of polarization

Facebook15 Twitter1Total16I recently posted “marginalizing odious views: a strategy,” which was about a powerful and sometimes valuable tool for self-governance. When communities define specific perspectives as beyond consideration, they uphold norms without needing formal censorship. This is good when it … Continue reading

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the Civic Studies Wikipedia page

Facebook188 Twitter1Total189There is a new page on Wikipedia about Civic Studies. It’s not about civic education* but about the developing “interdisciplinary field that empirically investigates civic engagement, civic education, and civil society.” Civic Studies also strives to “influence the social sciences and humanities in general to … Continue reading

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marginalizing odious views: a strategy

Facebook15 Twitter1Total16If you looked out at the National Mall on any Inauguration Day from 1944 to 2012, you might conclude that Nazism had been effectively marginalized in the USA. The president who was being sworn in might be leading a … Continue reading

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views of abortion by gender

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13I didn’t know how women and men differ in their views of abortion or how opinions have changed over time. So I ran the numbers using American National Election Study data since 1980. Here are the strong pro-choice and … Continue reading

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some notes on receiving tenure

Facebook455 Twitter1Total456This week, the Tufts Trustees voted to grant me tenure and make me a full professor. I am very grateful to them, the Political Science Department (which is my tenure home), the Tisch College of Civic Life (which will … Continue reading

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on hedgehogs and foxes

Facebook26 Twitter1Total27 “A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one important thing” — Archilochus This proverb is in the news lately because Philip Tetlock has shown that foxes (flexible and curious generalists) are much better at predicting events than … Continue reading

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an expressivist critique of our criminal justice system

Facebook8 Twitter1Total9(Disclaimer: this post is the result of reading some work by Tommie Shelby and Erin Kelly but not yet wrestling with either author’s views sufficiently or examining the larger literature on expressivism in law. If you were a peer-reviewer, … Continue reading

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Frontiers of Democracy Conference 2019 Draft Agenda

Facebook5 Twitter1Total6This is a working draft (as of May 8, 2019), likely to change in detail. Tickets are still available but are running out. Thursday, June 20 4:00-5:30 registration Heavy hors d’oeuvres served 5:30 opening plenary Welcoming comments by organizers. … Continue reading

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