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

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Privacy is about Policy

Discussion of privacy really ought to be focused on the legal regime, not technical capabilities.

“The current institutional equilibrium has led to a perverse place”

Will Congress now take some responsibilty?

Brits v. the Yanks

An Example of How Institutions Matter.

A Qualified Yes to a Constitutional Convention

Some thoughts on reform.

The Self-Made Nature of the US’ Immigration Problem

Unfortunately, our immigration debate is just plain dumb.


The Economics of Slavery

Some striking data to illustrate the role slavery played in the economy of the South.

Confirmation is the Weakest Aspect of Oversight

There really is no reason for Congress to confirm so many posts.

Moral and Legal Culpability are not the Same (A Trip Back to the Beginning)

Going back to the very beginning can be useful.

Definitions of Success Matter in Policy Debates

Thoughts on the immigration debate.

Thoughts on the Justice System

Thoughts on the Zimmerman verdict (or, more accurately, to reactions to the verdict).

Growth Slowing in China

China’s finance minister has hinted that economic growth may fall far below 7% in the second half of the year.

Some Basic Political Science Regarding Egypt

Some thoughts on the ongoing situation in Egypt.