Some things I think I’ve learned lately (get ‘em here while they last):

The extraordinary economic crisis of the past five years has produced surprisingly ordinary politics. “Political Effects of the Great Recession,” for a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on “Effects of the Great Recession.”

When your first book is a field-defining classic, there’s still plenty of room for intellectual growth. ”The Political Education of John Zaller,” for a special issue of Critical Review marking the 20th anniversary of The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion.

Individual members of Congress are more responsive to their constituents’ views than they have been in a century—but Congress as a whole is less representative. “Representation” (with Joshua Clinton and John Geer), for the Oxford Handbook of American Political Development.

Mo Fiorina’s party identification is shaped more by McGovern, Watergate, and Carter than by Bush and Obama. ”A Generational Model of Political Learning” (with Simon Jackman), for a special issue of Electoral Studies on “New Approaches in Age, Period, Cohort Analysis.”

When voters cannot tell the difference between effort and luck, leaders are likely to exert less effort on their behalf. Now with a formal model of political accountability! ”Why Shark Attacks are Bad for Democracy” (with Christopher Achen).

{ 5 comments }

Marty March 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Nice. I’m a sucker for Zaller papers.

kerokan March 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

IMO the “shark attacks” paper is the greatest paper never published. I’d like to see what others think is the best paper never published.

Jeffrey Friedman March 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

I agree: shark attacks.

Larry, you know where to send it when it’s ready….

Jeffrey Friedman March 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

“Partisan Hearts and Gallbladders,” though, may be the funniest paper title ever.

Jeremy Johnson May 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Do we have information yet about voting among whites based on income from the 2012 election? Did lower-income whites in every state again vote more Democratic than upper income whites? Bartels has demonstrated that income has become a stronger predictor of the vote over time. I am wondering whether this trend has continued.

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