New “Polisci Perspective” Feature at Wonkblog

by John Sides on November 19, 2012 · 6 comments

in Political Science News

Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog now includes a weekly feature called “Polisci Perspective.”  In it, Danny Hayes, Dan Hopkins, and I will do our best to bring new and interesting political science research to bear on current events, much as does The Monkey Cage. (We are migrating our contributions to Wonkblog from the Post’s polling blog Behind the Numbers, which is now part of The Fix.)

Here is the first post, written by Dan, on a surprising consensus among Americans about immigration.  Stay tuned for more posts, most likely to appear on Sundays.

And if anyone has a better idea about what to call this feature, please leave it in comments. We were hopelessly unimaginative.

{ 6 comments }

wovenstrap November 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Neustadt’s Children?

I always think it’s critical to get the word Neustadt into the discourse however possible, because his ideas are so important to understanding how presidential politics works. (And how limited the president is etc.)

Matt November 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

You should probably call it “Calm Down, Let’s Run Some Numbers ” or some variant of that. But I’d also settle for “Hypothesis Testing,” “P-value,” or “Professors and Monkeys.”

Kevin Hill November 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

“Calm Down; Let’s Run Some Numbers” sounds excellent to me.

Leatrice December 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

All thgnis considered, this is a first class post

Kevin November 20, 2012 at 6:40 am

Maybe “Running the numbers” to shorten Matt’s great suggestion

Juan Valdez November 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

You should call it “The Long View”. So much of what comes out elsewhere is short-term horserace coverage.

I turn to the poly-sci folk on the web to usually reassure me that the panic is undeserved; that we have in fact been here before, there are reasonable models to consult, we have an practiced understanding of parties and institutions, and that within a margin of error, things are usually pretty much like they have been.

Its the cooling saucer, the voice of measured calm, the one that brushes back the myopia and takes The Long View.

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