The Cadence of Intra-party Relations

************************************************************************* Professor: Align Left          Student: Center         Gadfly: Align Right  ***********************************************************************   Let’s talk about Pedersen, for a moment,[1]      And add to our conversation,            Of political parties,                  Of salience. The students provide undivided attention, Hoping to hear this sage’s academic reflection. The cadence of democracy,      Is drummed upon society,      From power and…

Agency, Structure and One Asunder

Professor: Align Left                Student: Align Center                Gadfly: Align Right A graduate student gently raps, On the professor’s ajar door. She peeks inside and smiles wide, Anticipating his next snore. Come in. Come in [clears throat]. Good afternoon, Professor. I need some assistance. Caveat emptor,      ‘Tis nuanced business.             And your research focus; I recall,                 …

Thus Spoke Inglehart and Flanagan.

Student: Align Left                Professor: Align Center                Gadfly: Align Right I shall now opine a stratagem, To leave you all pondering; decidedly, A humble inspection of Inglehart and Flanagan’s: “Value Change in Industrial Societies.”[1] A tardy student abruptly opens the classroom door, He lets it smash shut without a thought in the world. Hello [the tardy…

Analysis of Olson (1993): Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development

BNQ = Big Normative Question Questioning Conventional Wisdom In primitive tribes and preagricultural history, peaceful agreements between people may indeed last. However, in large populations which have undergone substantial agricultural leaps, individuals will not be inclined to advance collective goods, since the costs of providing the collective good will greatly exceed the benefit of the…

Volatility, Cleavage and ICE [part 1].

Student: Align Left                Professor: Align Center                Gadfly: Align Right A tardy student enters the lecture hall. She begins a digital recording, Of the following knowledge drawls: Political actors institutionalize and continually institute, The fundamental rules. These in effect impose the peoples’ social contract and solve, The puzzle of “our laws.” But class, when are your…

Comment More Often [Evangelical Church and Gays]

You can’t surf all day, at least not in my age. So during this respite, I took the time to comment upon an issue of salience [political scientists love this word]. Barnwell’s Story Barnwell said the church on 11 Mile Road is conservative by most standards, but is taking a stand against the harsh mistreatment…