Party Label Means What Exactly?

In researching parties and ideology (consistency, flip-flopping, etc), there are many ways to illuminate empirical evidence. I prefer looking at party member’s votes against whatever I’m researching via Kitchelt. I like it because American elections are about the economy (stupid), and religion takes sides on many issues and fundimentalists are distinct from secularists. I do…

Book Review: Ericson Describes 3 Political Languages

Ericson. 1993. The Shaping of American Liberalism. The University of Chicago Press.  Defining Political Languages Ericson describes bridges between studies of liberalism, republicanism and pluralism and their essence therein. The pillars holding up the bridges come from an analysis of (1) the ends of political society, (2) the nature of citizenship, (3) the aggregate qualities…

What’s your POLITICAL philosophy?

Challenge 3: How does philosophy impact political sceince? Please keep your comment/answer in the construct I provided. Philosophy is the life-blood of politics. Socrates says that a just society is one that provides equality of opportunity in achieving one’s potential to all citizens, even though he would have abolished marriage (for the rulers, who could have…

Electoral Choice and The Majority Voice

Left: Professor                                      Center: Student                                       Right: Gadfly The professor is in the zone, Expect few comments, From the students, Finally ‘tis right, the tone. Many have explained electoral choice in various ways.      Instrumental motivations may stem from office or policy plays,           Some uncover a path of one’s personal gain or public welfare frame.     …

Party as Public Utility?

********************************************************************************** Professor: Left                                              Student: Center                                  Gadfly: Right ********************************************************************************** Public utility, class, One of you brilliantly suggested last hour, Is associated with congruence, the elites and their mass[es], Shall “public utility” become the political parties’ defining power? Kroar flexed his hand, And joined the conversation: Van Biezen[1] provides many suggestions. If parties are researched as, Public instead…