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

Hugh Hewitt Hackery

An empty column with a seed of one good point buried in a bunch of nothing.

Brexit and the Challenges of Democratic Governance

More on rules and how they matter (plus issues of representation).

Meanwhile, in the UK

Just so we all know it isn’t just the US suffering a crisis of leadership…

Yes, More Problematic Communications from Trump

Not surprisingly, there are other phone call transcripts and other communications that further complicate Trump’s position.

When Scandals Were Real Scandals

Just over four years ago.

Are There other Problematic Phone Calls?

A note in the whistleblower’s complaint suggests other transcripts, like the Zelensky call, that have been buried.

A Photo for Friday: “Preparing to Bloom”

Welcome to Friday

The Quid Pro Quo Debate

A little bit of this for a little bit of that.

Senate Intel Committee Gets Involved

They want to talk to the whistleblower.

Trump’s View of Article II

A blast from the past: two days before the Zelensky call.

Trump Ukraine Timeline

Greg Sargent usefully lays out the basics.

Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

The escalation has been rapid, dramatic, and warranted.

Trump, Ukraine, and Biden

What we know for sure.

The Main Remedy to Trump is an Election

But, our process to elect the president is highly flawed.

A Photo for Friday: “Urban Art”

Welcome to Friday.

The US Nomination Process: Candidate over Party

In the US, the candidate defines the party, not the other way around.

Speaking of Corruption

Does it get much more swampy than this?

Not a Punchline. It is Corruption.

Hurricanes and corrupting truth.

Yes, Canceling Primaries

This morning it was a question, this afternoon is a done deal in three states.

Rank-Choice Voting for President in Maine

Staring in 2020 the winner in Maine will be the majority preference.

Canceling Primaries?

Four state GOPs appear poised to cancel their primaries/caucuses.

A Photo for Friday: “Look Up!”

Welcome to the weekend.

I Don’t Even Know What to Say…

More of the wit and wisdom of the 45th President of the United States.

DT and the Cat5’s

So weird.

The 2020 Map

The map shows the flaws of the Electoral College

Compare and Contrast

Just joking edition.

More on “A Republic, not a Democracy”

For a change not by me.

Reactions to 1619

In this case, Rich Lowry’s.

This Week in Trump

And what a week it has been.

A Photo for Friday: Stratification

Welcome to Friday


This timeline is just so weird.

This Reactionary Moment

Continuing the conversation from James Joyner’s post.

A Photo for Friday: “Gateway”

After a two week hiatus, the PFF returns,

Compare and Contrast

Trump’s words on Monday versus, well, almost every other time he speaks…

Trump in El Paso Trump in El Paso

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Trump’s trip to El Paso in one photo and two videos.

A Note on the Hurd Retirement

The odds have increased all border districts will be represented by Democrats after 2020.

An Observation on the Mueller Testimony

On documents and the degree to which they speak for themselves.

A Photo for Friday: “Cards”

In memoriam.

A Serious Threat to Higher Education in Alaska

After a series of line item vetoes, the University of Alaska is facing a 41% cut in state funding.

A Reminder that Institutions Matter

Some key numbers.

Basic Democratic Models

Presidential v. parliamentary democracy, some basics.

No, 0.3% of UK Voters are not Choosing the Next PM

The NYT provides an incredibly bad take on parliamentary government.

The Least of These

Christian doctrine actually has a lot to say that is of relevance to the border.

Cruelty is the Point of Trump’s Border Policy

Not a new observation, but one that should not be forgotten.