Posts by Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence
About Chris Lawrence
Chris teaches political science at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia. He has a Ph.D. in political science (with concentrations in American politics and political methodology) from the University of Mississippi. He began writing for OTB in June 2006. Follow him on Twitter @lordsutch.

“Learning Styles” Likely Are Just A Myth

The idea that individuals have different “learning styles” is apparently not borne out by the evidence, according to recent research.

United Breaks Passengers’ Sanity

The background of the United incident, from an aviation law and policy perspective.

Why Debating Districts Misses The Larger Point

There are plenty of other factors that help our two major parties retain power.

Scottish Independence Referendum A Nailbiter

Scottish independence may be more likely than many think.

Parties Play to Win the Game

Parties are in politics primarily to win the vote of the median voter, not to join together and sing Kumbaya.

TSA’s Security Through Bureaucracy

Security theater and the bureaucratic mentality.

Where Huntsman Went Wrong

Huntsman’s tactics reinforced his fellow Republicans’ natural skepticism of his candidacy.

Explaining Obama’s Medical Marijuana Crackdown

Obama’s Justice Department continues its crackdown on medical marijuana, despite campaign promises to the contrary.

Gary Johnson Invited to Florida Debate

Two-term New Mexico governor finally gets to share the stage with Herman Cain.

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Parliamentary Procedure and the Debt Ceiling Debate

How the reelection incentive and parliamentary procedure are affecting the debt ceiling debate in Congress.

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University of Texas Professors: Already Teaching

Texas A&M professor finds serious flaws in college faculty productivity study.

TSA Workers Gain Right to Join Most Pointless Union Ever

TSA screeners will now have the right to join a union. Or at least a union that can’t actually negotiate much of anything.

Compromise, 2011 Style

Compromise in politics involves more than compromising one’s principles.

The NFL Stadium Shakedown

The NFL’s “especially mercenary” push to extract new stadia from cities–even where the stadium’s practically brand-new.

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