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Centrism

Joe Biden’s victory demonstrates that centrism is alive and well – at least for presidential elections.

Our Obsession with Presidents

President’s occupy much of our attention in politics. Why, and how does the obsession influence our understanding of political affairs?

Keys to White House

Allan Lichtman’s Keys to the White House Prediction Model. Since 1984, he’s got it right every time. What does he say for 2020?

The Dinner Party

Imagine yourself at a dinner party, sitting at the table chatting about a recent Netflix binge, the hot weather, or the latest cell phone technology. Then, the discussion shifts to a controversial political topic. Do you withdraw, or express your beliefs?

Young people do not vote. Why?

On July 1, 1971 the 26th Amendment passed. This lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, adding nearly 11 million potential voters to the electorate. The 1972 presidential election remains the highest ever recorded turnout for youth voters. Why?

A Vigorous and Strong Democracy?

In my last post, I examined increases in voter turnout and concluded that American democracy appeared strong and vigorous.  Critics, however, dispute this claim by comparing U.S. voter turnout to other developed countries.  The comparison typically draws a much less favorable portrait of American democracy.    So let’s consider that comparison.  Voter turnout by countryContinue reading “A Vigorous and Strong Democracy?”

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