Partisans and Independents in Vote Choice

Partisans will vote for their party, unless massive dealignment is observable. Dealignment basically means that the hard and soft issues have changed for the electorate and so the Responsible Party Model shows little congruence with the population. This should cause more people to declare that they are independents, or even switch parties for a while. Independents will vote for the…

Referendum Litmus Test

I use the following litmus test to decide how to vote on referendums: Does this proposal, for me personally in light of my community, increase liberty and freedom (vote yes) or does it decrease it (vote no)? I am a resident of Michigan. The following are the referendums that I will need to vote yes / no on. I also provide…

Bill of Rights Campaigns

Essay 1 response for PS 1010, Wayne State, Fall 2012. Example of teaching mechanism: compare your essay to mine. Niche audience: culture, network, rational choice researchers. ARTICLE: Vasi and Strang (2009), Civil Liberty in America: The Diffusion of Municipal Bill of Rights Resolutions after the Passage of the USA Patriot Act. American Journal of Sociology, Vol.…

Civil Rights and Political Uses

Essay 1 response for PS 1010, Wayne State, Fall 2012. Example of teaching mechanism: compare your essay to mine. Niche audience: behavioralists, structuralists, and American Political Development (APD) researchers. Review of: The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past (2005) The Journal of American History, V. 91, N. 4, pp. 1233-1263.** Author: Jacquelyn Dowd…

Research Moves: Veep as “Attack Dog”

This is Challenge 8: (i.e., what I would like to read about in a journal) As a political science Ph.D. Candidate, I am always trying to make a new research move in American Politics considering observable evidence. I wonder: to what extent has Joe Biden or Paul Ryan been an “attack dog”? After brief reflection, and…

Attack Dog

When political scientists posit that the Vice President and Vice Presidential Candidate are designated as the “attack dog” in the general election, then was Joe Biden in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate an exemplar?   *** “Epigrams and Interludes”    

Excellent Graduate Teacher, part I.

I finished coursework last May. Now it hits me–in October–I really don’t have any more courses to complete. So I stop and think: What did I find excellent during that experience? In one seminar of roughly 10 students, the professor came to class without a syllabus. I was surprised. It was the first time that…