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Tomorrow We Move to the Washington Post. Here Is How to Follow Us.

postheaderWe will be debuting at the Washington Post tomorrow—Wednesday, September 25.  Soon thereafter, our current URL ——will redirect to their site.  We will also be establishing an archive at with our previous posts and will circulate that URL as well.

To follow us at the Post, you can do one or more of these things:

  1. The new URL at the Post is here.  By tomorrow there will be new content posted.

  2. Our new RSS feed is here.

  3. You can sign up for a daily email newsletter with our posts here.  You need to create a free account first.

  4. You can follow us on Twitter here.

  5. You can follow us on Facebook here.

As we’ve discussed, the mission of the blog is not going to change.  We look forward to the new opportunities we will have at the Post, and hope that you’ll continue reading us.

There is one casualty of the move, alas, and it is the orangutan pictured above.  He was never the perfect fit for this blog—being an ape, not a monkey—but we will miss him nonetheless.

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Call For Election Report Contributors, and an Update on Disciplinary News at TMC after the move to the Washington Post

So a quick addendum to some earlier discussions about the role The Monkey Cage can play in the future in terms of providing news about events and developments in the discipline. For now, we are being encouraged to continue doing this, which is kind of turn-about from what we originally reported. So for those of you who lamented the loss of this feature at The Monkey Cage, hopefully this will be a welcome development. We’ll have to feel our way through it, but for now you can still expect to be able to see some of these announcements and discussion at The Monkey Cage after our move to the Post.

Still, I wanted to issue one of my occasional calls for contributors to our Election Reports series before the move. The goal of this series is to give social scientists with an indepth knowledge of particular elections a chance to write something about those elections that is more than just a quote in a newspaper article but appears more quickly than the 1-3 years it often takes for an academic article to be published. The larger goal was to try to train journalists to know that they could come to The Monkey Cage in the immediate aftermath of elections for research-informed commentary on elections. My other hope was that these reports could serve as a good source of information for people trying to code recent elections as part of more broadly comparative work (or simply to quickly bring themselves up to date on the politics in a country about which they did not already know much).

By now we’ve had quite a lot of reports appear in the series, and I’ve been very pleased with the overall quality. However, this whole enterprise depends on people volunteering to write these reports (although we now also have a nice pipeline from people writing “Notes on Recent Elections” at Electoral Studies). So with that in mind, here’s a list of upcoming elections through the end of the year. If you are interested in writing a report on any of these, please drop me a line directly at joshua dot tucker at nyu dot edu:

  • Rwanda Parliamentary September 16, 2013

  • Germany Parliamentary September 22, 2013

  • Switzerland Referendum September 22, 2013

  • Guinea Legislative September 24, 2013

  • Austria Legislative September 29, 2013

  • Cameroon Legislative September 30, 2013

  • Ireland Referendum October 4, 2013

  • Ethiopia Presidential October 8, 2013

  • Azerbaijan Presidential October 9, 2013

  • Yemen Referendum October 15, 2013

  • Luxembourg Parliamentary (Moved up) October 20, 2013

  • Madagascar Presidential First Round (Tentative) October 25, 2013

  • Czech Republic Parliamentary October 25, 2013

  • Georgia Presidential October 27, 2013

  • Argentina Legislative October 27, 2013

  • Tajikistan Presidential November 6, 2013

  • Chile Presidential First Round November 17, 2013

  • Chile Legislative November 17, 2013

  • Nepal Legislative (Tentative) November 19, 2013

  • Mauritania Parliamentary First Round November 23, 2013

  • Honduras Presidential November 24, 2013

  • Honduras Legislative November 24, 2013

  • Switzerland Referendum November 24, 2013

  • Mauritania Parliamentary Second Round December 7, 2013

  • Chile Presidential Second Round December 15, 2013

  • Turkmenistan Parliamentary December 15, 2013

  • Madagascar Presidential Second Round (Tentative) December 20, 2013

  • Madagascar Parliamentary (Tentative) December 20, 2013

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Opportunity for A Disciplinary Bulletin Board

Having just returned from the American Political Science Association annual conference (#APSA2013), I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who took the time to offer their kind words about the move to the Washington Post. It was very much appreciated.

Like the rest of the team, I think there are some enormous opportunities here that outweigh the potential drawbacks of the move, most importantly that we will have a much bigger microphone from which to pursue our goal of making the lessons from political science research available to a larger audience. But I also wanted to take some time to address some of the drawbacks that other political scientists raised about the move in my many discussions these past few days.

1) The paywall at the Washington Post. This is the simplest issue to solve. First, for the next 12 months The Monkey Cage will be outside the paywall. That means everyone can continue to access The Monkey Cage however and as often as they want without a subscription to the Post. But more importantly in the long term, you will always be able to access The Monkey Cage for free if you click to our posts through a link from Facebook or Twitter. We have a Facebook page (located here) and a Twitter Feed (located here). Both of these are automated so that posts appear whenever a new post appears on The Monkey Cage. So if you want to see what we are doing by logging on first to Facebook or Twitter and then clicking on the links for the posts you want to read, you will be always be able to do it this way whether or not you have a digital subscription to the Post. So if you have students outside the US who you want to read the blog, you can just send them to either the Facebook or Twitter feeds. And as these pages are public, you do not even need to have a Twitter or Facebook account to access them.

2) The quality of the comments thread: A number of people (and commentators on our original post) expressed the fact that they had learned a lot from discussions following our posts in the past beyond what was in the post itself, as well as a certain degree of skepticism that these kinds of discussions can continue when we are in a more public forum. This may very well turn out to be correct, but the one plea I would make is let’s just try to see if we can keep up useful discussions at The Post. If those of you who are used to providing thoughtful comments now can at least give it a try for a little while when we move, maybe we can establish the site as a place with a reputation for useful discussion. This may very well be wishful thinking, but I’d hope we can at least try.

3) The final point – which will not be of interest to many of our non political scientist readers – is a sense of regret that The Monkey Cage will no longer be able to function as a disciplinary “bulletin board”. As John noted in the replay to “John Dickey” in the post announcing the move, we will still be able to do a little of this when the issues are of broader interest (i.e., threats to research funding in the social sciences), but the reality is that the extent to which we do this is going to drop rather substantially. I count myself on the list of people who do see this as a drawback, especially because I have really enjoyed being able to make these kinds of announcements in the past! So here my suggestion is for someone to take this as an opportunity to establish something new that can meet this need. We’ve demonstrated that there is a demand for this kind of a service: a place for political scientists to alert one another to interesting developments regarding conferences, journals, resources, etc. We’re no longer going to be able to do it, but hopefully someone else will take the opportunity to build a platform that can fill this void – I know that I would definitely be a regular visitor to such a site. I hope maybe people can throw out some ideas below in the comments section, but I’ll start with a couple thoughts.

First, I wonder how many eyeballs will regularly return to a page that is just a bulletin board.  Put another way, I wonder if it is better to embed this function within another site (like it was at The Monkey Cage) or if it could stand on its own.

Second, I would recommend that someone or some organization actively run the site, as opposed to setting it up as a wiki.

Finally, I think there might be resources for supporting such a site within the major political science associations.  There is always interest in these organizations as to how they can better serve their members; so if there is a demand for this type of product, then it might be a natural fit for the mission of the associations.

As I always, I welcome comments and thoughts.

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The Monkey Cage Is Moving to the Washington Post


We are very pleased to announce that The Monkey Cage is going to become part of the Washington Post.  After 5+ years of writing and growing as an independent blog, we think that the Post offers a tremendous opportunity both to increase and broaden our audience and to improve our content.  We think that it will be a great place to continue the blog’s mission of publicizing political science research and providing informed commentary on politics and current events.

We are grateful to everyone at the Post who helped make this possible—especially Marty Baron, the Post’s editor, Stuart Farrell at the Washington Post Company, and Ezra Klein.  We also thank Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Melissa Bell, and the others with the Post’s digital team who have already been working on bringing us on board and who will be helping us as we make the transition.

We will have more to say about what this move will mean for us and for our readers.  But I wanted to share this good news now.  Thanks to everyone who has read, commented on, tweeted, and shared our content for these past 5 years.  We would not have this opportunity except for you.

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Collaboration with Journals and Presses to Highlight Recently Published Research Along with Ungated Links to Articles

In line with both the mission statement of this blog and recent discussions about the continuing need to highlight to those outside the academy the importance of political science research, we are in the process of trying to offer a new service here at The Monkey Cage. The goal is to have posts from authors whose research is featured in just released issues of political science journals provide a short guest post highlighting the research in conjunction with an agreement from the press to make that article available ungated for a specified period of time. This will be similar to what I have done in the past with some of the section newsletters, but now will feature research articles from journals. And we have gotten journals in the past to ungate articles in conjunction with posts on The Monkey Cage (and will continue to do so), but the hope is that this new set up will help regularize process and make a bit less ad hoc.

This means that if you are a reader of the Monkey Cage and lack institutional access to political science journals, The Monkey Cage will now be a way to access some very recent journal publications. Moreover, our hope is that the guest posts will be written in a way that will quickly make it apparent whether the full article would be of interest to you. I will write more when I have details on which journals are participating, but I wanted to just make this brief announcement now because I will momentarily be posting the first article under this arrangement. Please be aware that the articles will be only ungated for a limited time, so this access will work better if you read the post in real-time as opposed to searching for them later, although I will use the category “Journal Collaboration” to tag these posts.

For authors who are requested by journal editors to participate in this program, I strongly urge you to consider doing so. It is a great chance to get publicity for your research, and also an opportunity to contribute to a public good of helping to create more links between published political science research and the wider community of journalists, policy makers, private sector actors, politicians, etc. who may be interested in the work that we have put so much effort into producing.

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Ongoing events in Watertown and Cambridge, MA

In the unlikely event that any of our readers look at The Monkey Cage and no other internet news sources before leaving for work in the morning, I just wanted to advised readers in the vicinity of Watertown and Cambridge to check the news before going out, as the police are advising people in certain areas to stay home due to the events of the last few hours regarding what now looks like attempts to apprehend the Boston Marathon bombers (see here, here, and here).

If you are looking for sources of news about the event beyond the usual suspects, here are a few suggestions:

  • Search Twitter using the #Watertown hashtag

  • The Boston Police police scanner can apparently be accessed here, although I haven’t been able to do so from out of the country (h/t to Rob Mickey, who has been posting a lot of info on his Facebook feed)

  • Follow @GlobeJenPeter, who is the Metro Editor at the Boston Globe

  • Channel 5 in Boston has a live video news feed, that can be viewed from out of the country.  (h/t to Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro)

Feel free to use the comments section to list other sources of information.


A couple updates from CNN that might be of use to our readers: Harvard University is currently closed; classes at MIT are cancelled today, and area mass transit has apparently been suspended.  Now CNN reporting that Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College area also closed.


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Public Service Announcement

We wanted to let Monkey Cage readers know that we are moving to new servers on Sunday evening. We hope that the disruption should be minimal. However, commenters should be aware that some comments over the weekend may not make the transition (the database has to move across to the new server before the rest of the site does). We hope this doesn’t cause undue inconvenience.

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Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2012

  1. The Declining Culture of Guns and Violence in the United States  (This post had almost twice the pageviews of the second-ranked post.)

  2. What Really Happened in the 1980 Presidential Campaign

  3. Mitt Romney and that 47%

  4. Death Star? No Thank You.

  5. 2012 Was the Moneyball Election

  6. If Same-Sex Marriage Is So Popular, Why Does It Always Lose at the Ballot Box?

  7. A Bit More on How Undecided Voters Might Break

  8. Voting Patterns of America’s Whites from the Masses to the Elites

  9. How Strong Is the US Navy Really?

  10. The Unbelievable Lightness of Some African States

Happy New Year!

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The Monkey Cage Is 5 Years Old Today

Five years ago today, our inaugural post was published. Since that date, The Monkey Cage has welcomed 1.8 million unique visitors, been viewed 5.6 million times, and accrued 6,276 Twitter followers.  Our roster of contributors has changed—we miss you, Lee—and grown, adding expertise in many areas of political science.  We’ve won two awards.

Of course, we remain and likely will always be a niche blog.  But we’re glad for the audience we have developed, and we’ll work to keep publicizing political science research and linking it to real-life politics and current events.

Thank you for reading!

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