Political Scientist as Consultant: liberal or republican

Interlude:  Citizens United accomplished making campaigns a market. Much to the chagrin of republicanism (small r); liberalism has been very successful in fusing democracy and capitalism into American politics.

Republicanism would create many structures for deliberation between the people and their government for the purposes of solving collective action problems based on nondomination. Liberalism advocates structuring collective action problems to be solved via interest groups and representative action based on capitalistic development.

If I were a republican consultant to political campaigns or politicians, I would collaborate in many social and political networks regarding structuring republican institutions, equity in society, and admonishing inequality. But as I have learned during extensive dissertation research, the American parties are both liberal parties—they only differ on how to regulate (or not regulate) capitalism and democracy. To be sure, capitalism is most often regulated for the American citizen through incentive structures; such as tax breaks for small business entrepreneurs.

But it would be difficult to be a (small r) republican consultant in liberal America. Thus, the political scientist as liberal consultant:

Assumption 1: As a political scientist whom specializes in American political languages; I have advanced skills and knowledge regarding campaign platforms, speeches, events, etc.

Assumption 2:  I could use that knowledge to contribute to political actors (parties, factions, individuals) for the purposes of advancing American political development.

Assumption 3: The consultant is scientific—providing evidence via: Executive Summary, Problem Analysis, Solution Analysis, and Recommendations.

The Transaction: The liberal political scientist as consultant would charge money for services rendered. The most efficient contract for both parties would be for (1) agreement regarding the work to be completed (e.g., party platform development / revision, special campaign speech, designed campaign events, inaugural addresses, state of the union addresses); (2) non-disclosure until after the political event has passed; (3) the ability of the political consultant to use the original work against the reality of what the political actor demonstrated.

Transaction Costs:

  • Party Platform Development, $50,000
  • Party Platform Revision, $10,000
  • Special Campaign Speech, $20,000
  • Designed Campaign Event, $100,000
  • Inaugural Address, $150,000
  • State of the Union Address, $200,000.

Why: Citizens United.

****prices may go up according to market demand.

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