Monthly Archives: May 2012

Polarization is Real (and Asymmetric)

Revised 16 May 2012 Christopher Hare is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Georgia. Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton … Continue reading

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House: Vote to Defund NSF Political Science Program

Below we use Optimal Classification (OC) in R to plot the House‚Äôs 218-208 vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to defund funding for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) political science program. Rep. Flake has an M.A. … Continue reading

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Are Moderate Members of Congress More Likely to be Defeated in Primaries?

With the defeat of Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) in his primary race against conservative state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, coupled with last month’s losses by moderate Blue Dog Representatives Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Tim Holden (D-PA) in their respective primaries, it … Continue reading

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