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Tweeting Monkeys

As Twitter becomes an increasingly important part of politics, political analysis, and blogging, we thought we would take just a moment to update you on Twitter and The Monkey Cage.

The Monkey Cage has its own twitter account: @monkeycageblog. If you follow this account (and many of you already do), you will get an automated tweet for every Monkey Cage post. John manages this twitter feed, so you will also get any additional information that John decides to tweet or retweet.

However, a number of us also have our own Twitter accounts. I’m listing them below – the links will take you to that person’s Twitter homepage where you can sign up to follow his or her account:

Henry Farrell: @henryfarrell
John Sides: @monkeycageblog
Andrew Gellman: @StatModeling
Joshua Tucker: @j_a_tucker

Sarah Binder: @bindersab
Erica Chenoweth: @EricaChenoweth
Greg Koger: @GregoryKoger
Jay Lyall: @jaylyall_red5
Nolan McCarty: @Nolan_Mc
Hans Noel: @Student
Andrew Rudalevige: @rudalev

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Coming Soon: Congressional Election Forecasts

With all the forecasts of the presidential election—e.g., here, here, here, and here—we wanted to add a little value here at The Monkey Cage by focusing on congressional elections.  We’ll begin with a forecast of the seat breakdown in the House and then explore such corollaries as the effect of low congressional approval and the recent redistricting.  Spearheading this is political scientist Eric McGhee of the Public Policy Institute of California, with a little assistance from Benjamin Highton of UC-Davis and me.  Eric was also integral to our post-election blogging in 2010—much of which is summarized in the post-mortem we wrote with Brendan Nyhan—and he’ll have the byline on this year’s posts.  We’re grateful to both Ben and Eric for their help.

Stay tuned!

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New Occasional Contributor Eric Patashnik

We welcome as a new occasional contributor Eric Patashnik, Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the University of Virginia.  Eric’s research focuses on public policy, especially health care and social welfare.  His books include Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted. With Alan Gerber, he is currently finishing a book tentatively entitled Unhealthy Politics: Professional Authority, Partisan Polarization, and the Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine.  His guest posts for us are here, here, here, here, and here.  We’re glad to have him aboard!

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Request for Election Reports Authors

Some exciting news regarding our Election Reports series: we have now officially entered into a partnership with the journal Electoral Studies. The agreement covers two areas. First, authors who write “Notes on Recent Elections” for the journal will also be encouraged to write Election Reports for The Monkey Cage, which should bring us additional content here. Second, Electoral Studies will provide links back to these reports from their website, which should bring more readers for anyone who writes Election Reports for The Monkey Cage.

To be clear, none of this changes the fact that we will still post election reports through the normal mechanism, namely simply contacting me and telling me you would like to write a report. We can have more than one report per election, and by no means are the new authors coming our way via Electoral Studies likely to cover all of the election in which we are interested. Thus I continue to need volunteers to write these reports.

As I laid out in the first post announcing these reports, the idea here is to get real-time analysis (within the first day or two of an election) from a political scientist who is following that election closely because of his or her research. But we do need volunteers to do this, and currently I do not have anyone lined up for elections in the next few months. So here’s a list of upcoming elections. Please email me at joshua dot tucker at nyu dot edu if you are interested in writing guest posts about any of these elections. We are also happy to have pre-election reports as well.


Upcoming Elections

12 September: NetherlandsParliament

23 September: BelarusParliament

1 October: GeorgiaParliament

7 October: VenezuelaPresident

14 October: LithuaniaParliament and nuclear power referendum

14 October: MontenegroParliament

20 October: IcelandConstitutional referendum

28 October: UkraineParliament

30 October: VanuatuParliament

October: CubaParliament

October: Czech RepublicSenate (a third of the seats)

October 2012 to February 2013: PR ChinaNational People’s Congress

October: TogoParliament

6 November: PalauPresident and Parliament

6 November: Puerto RicoStatus referendum

6 November: United StatesPresidentHouse of RepresentativesSenate (OK, don’t really need reports for this one – I assume my co-authors on the blog will have it covered!)

11 November: SloveniaPresident

17 November: Sierra LeonePresident and Parliament

22 November: NepalConstituent Assembly

2 December: Burkina FasoParliament

7 December: GhanaPresident (1st round)

9 December: RomaniaParliament

19 December: South KoreaPresident

28 December: GhanaPresident (2nd round) and Parliament

December: BermudaParliament

December: BhutanNational Council


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Guest-Blogger Martin Gilens

This week we welcome guest-blogger Martin Gilens of Princeton.  He is the author of the recently published Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America, which Larry has already noted and which has been getting some media attention.  See also Gilens’s essay in The Boston Review, as well as the responses, and an earlier article in Public Opinion Quarterly.  We’re glad to have him aboard!

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Guest-blogger Brendan Doherty


We welcome guest-blogger Brendan Doherty to The Monkey Cage this week.  Brendan is a political scientist at the Naval Academy and the author of the newly published book, The Rise of President’s Permanent Campaign, which is a new and important study of presidential campaign fundraising.  The book is already getting attention—e.g., here and here.  Brendan will be blogging about some of his findings.  We look forward to it!

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The American Prospect’s Fundraising Effort

As you may know, The American Prospect is in somewhat dire financial straits and is doing some emergency fundraising. As I mentioned previously, they also syndicate content from The Monkey Cage (with no financial benefit for us).  So I thought it appropriate to highlight their situation, since the Prospect’s demise would, among other things, reduce the number of people who see our content, and thereby perhaps reduce the penetration of the political science research that we highlight into non-academic circles.

Obviously, the liberal politics of the Prospect are not those of this blog, which strives to be non-partisan, nor are they the politics of every reader of this blog.  I also want to emphasize that we are ecumenical about syndication.  If the National Review wanted to syndicate our content, I’d be happy for them to do it.  And if the National Review then had similar financial woes, I’d write as post like this one.

With those caveats stated, if you feel moved to support the Prospect for whatever reason, that will help The Monkey Cage continue to reach a broader audience.

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