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Klein, Kristof and the Most Advanced Field in the Study of Politics

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One of my lasting memories of graduate school is hearing Professor Mo Fiorina, tongue only partly in cheek, tell a gathering of first-year Government (political science to most of you) doctoral students that the study of American politics was the most scientifically advanced among the discipline’s four major subfields. At the time I thought Mo’s […]

Five Wrong Lessons From the Vox’s “11 Political Lessons From Eric Cantor’s Loss”

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Political punditry – the art of expressing instant commentary on political events in an authoritative manner – has never been for the faint of heart. But the task has grown both more competitive and more public with the growth of … Continue reading

Is the Public Stupid? When A Chart Is Not Worth A Thousand Words

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This item from yesterday’s Washington Post caught my eye as a useful teaching moment.  Ezra Klein posted this graph, based on this most recent Washington Post/ABC Poll,  under the label “A chart is worth a thousand words”: It’s not clear what Klein’s point is, but presumably he means to point out just how illogical voters are, [...]