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

Cruz has a Plan for Fighting ISIS

Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Trump and Fascism

Should Donald Trump be classified as a fascist?

Kudos to Senator Flake

A Mormon Republican Senator visits an Arizona mosque.

Some Thoughts on the Pending One Person, One Vote Case

I am having a hard time seeing a system of districts based on eligible voters and not simply population.

Yes, Trump is the Frontrunner, but…

Polls are quite useful in the right circumstances, but knowledge, complexity, and timing all have to be taken into account in determining what they are telling us.

A Photo for Friday

A Photo for Friday

This is How Terrorism Works

Violence leads to irrational policy responses. Who does that help?

Paris + GOP Primary Electorate = ??

We are going to learn a lot about the GOP electorate in the coming weeks.

Something to Consider Going Forward

We can draw a rather direct line from the Iraq war to the rise of ISIS.

A Photo for Friday

Carson and Mannatech

Semantics aside, Carson has a clear relationship with a company whose products are nothing but junk science.

Electoral Reform Coming to the Great White North?

Will Canada ditch FPTP?

A Webb Independent Run

Pure fantasy.

More Feeling Safer

A Question for Sunday

When may I shoot a student?

Gun Rights and Political Identity

Linking view on guns to political self-identity.

Voter ID and Alabama’s Budget Mess

Budget cuts mean it is now harder to get an ID in much of Alabama.

Have we Seen Peak Trump?

Trump remains in the lead, but he has been steadily falling over the month of September. (And this triggers, as these things do, musings about institutions and our party system).

Background on the FARC (and Remembering the FARC’s Terrible, Horrible, no Good, very Bad Year+)

The seeds of the current peace deal date back to 2007-2008 (plus some longer-term background notes).