Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

The Moore-Jones Race

Explaining what Tuesday is likely to bring.

Benghazi!! (Wait, What?): Tales from the State Department

The ongoing destruction of the Department of State

This Will End Well…

On German Democracy

Negotiations over government formation is not a crisis.

Explaining Votes for Moore

Voters rank factors before choosing how to vote.

CBS Fires Rose

Moore’s Bio Helps Bolster Credibility of Charges

This continues to be a highly credible story, and Moore himself has helped that credibility.

AL Senate Polls

An Analogy on Hierarchy (and the Lack thereof) in Party Behavior

An attempt to explain the consequences of institutional design.

The Roy Moore Case and the Nature of US Political Parties

The Moore situation illustrates the nonhierarchical nature of US parties. This is nothing new.

Democracy and Institutional Design I: A Basic Preface on Regime Type

The first in an occasional series.

The SSN Problem

About the Uranium


Three Quotes to Ponder from this Week

John McCain, George W, Bush, and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders had warning for us this week. We should heed them.

A Weak Defense of Extreme Gerrymandering

More thoughts related to Gill v. Whitford and the problem of extreme gerrymandering.

Skewed Majorities are Bad for Democracy

And even moreso when they are consciously created by the winner.

Air Swamp

Some Thoughts on Today’s AL Senate Primary Run-Off

Some quick thoughts on Moore v. Strange.

More on Trump as Independent

Independents don’t seek to shape party nominations.

Trump’s Weird Threat to Colombia

More foreign policy amateurism.

A Simple Explanation for GOP Behavior vis-a-vis Trump

80% of GOP voters approve of Trump. This explains GOP behavior in large measure.

Trump is the Leader of the GOP, not an “Independent”

No, the deal this week is not Trump becoming an independent.

Trump isn’t Wrong About Congress and DACA

But, the problem is, they seem unlikely to act.