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

Yet Again, Institutional Design Matters

It would be nice if columnists for major newspapers would consult political science, rather than Hollywood, for their understanding of our system.

Some Comments on the Gosnell Story

A mix of media and abortion politics.

The Kind of Thinking that Brought us the Iraq War

A preventative strike against North Korea is a bad idea.

Judging Presidents (and Thinking about Institutions)

Because sometimes poorly contructed observations can set a fellow to writing.

Why Make it Easier to Vote?

Election rules should be oriented towards increasing participation, not based on partisan calculations.

Non Sequiturs Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

The DOMA cases are about issues of equal treatment under the law, not about stopping some utopia where all kids have a traditional household.

A DOMA Confrontation was Inevitable

DOMA’s trip to SCOTUS was practically baked into the legislation.

Understanding History: The Argentine Military Regime

Providing a little context for Pope Francis’ background+Erick Erickson needs to learn a little history.

Reflections on the Panama Canal

The Canal made a number of impressions.

The Irony is Powerful with this one

Apparently, not the Onion.

A Quote to Ponder (Partisanship and Governance Edition)

A bit of musing on parties, elections, and governance,

Institutions 101 and the Sequester

Institutional dynamics in the US constitutional system are the key to undertstanding our current predicament.