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

Party Trumps Institutional Separation

Don’t expect the Congress (i.e., the Senate) to pull us out of this shutdown mess.

More Border Wall Numbers

Border states/districts are not as pro-wall as presidential rhetoric might make you think.

Shutdown Polling

The numbers aren’t good for Trump.

More on Trump and Russia

Trump doesn’t want anyone to know what he and Putin discussed.

Female Representation in the House

Historical numbers, but still a very male chamber.

FBI Wondered if Trump was Working for Russia

The firing of Comey raised serious concerns in the Bureau.

A Photo for Friday: “Birmingham Sunset”

Welcome to Friday.

Column Recommendation: Fox and the Elites

I am a sucker for a good People’s Front of Judea riff.

Terrorist Crossings and the Wall

Terrorists aren’t walking across the desert to get here. Flying is so much easier.

A Photo for Friday: “Reflecting on a New Year”

Happy Friday, Happy New Year!

Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russia

It is sincerely disturbing that the POTUS has this level of understanding of history and foreign policy.

The USMCA is not Paying for the Wall

That’s not how it works.

Adios, 2018

Milestones and memories from one in the books. Happy New Year to you all.

Trade Isolation and the Lack of Winning

The TPP is about to go into effect without the US.

A Photo for Friday: “Floating”

Happy Friday.

Numeracy and the Wall

The numbers should guide policy, not silly symbols.

Trump Rages, DJIA Tumbles Further

More evidence that Trump does not know what he is doing.

Trump and the Fed

Trump doesn’t understand (nor respect) the role of the Fed.

Third Party Fantasies

The latest entry in the unity third party presidential candidate genre is just as bad as they always are.

About that New Jersey Plan…

An argument against “bothersiderism” in this case and, yet again, noting the problem with single seat districts.

Walker Defends Curtailing Evers as he Exits

On the way out the door, Scott Walker signed a bill to take powers away from his successor (and demonstrated a lack of understanding of Venn diagrams).

A Suggested Response to GOP Abuses

Jacob T. Levy has a column worth a read.

The Basic Democratic Problem in Wisconsin

Current attempts to take power away from the state executive branch illustrates a lot of what I have been writing about for years.

Facts v. Fox

The continued problem cause by a lack of shared reality.


Worth a quick watch.

Trump at the G20

Trump continues to struggle at major international meetings.

A Photo for Friday: “Old Stairs”

Welcome to Friday.

Speaking of the Popular Vote…

Some examples from 2018 of the problems with single seat districts.

The Trump Doctrine

It isn’t about foreign policy, it is about self-serving manipulation of the public.

More on Questioning Electoral Outcomes

Yes, there can be real problems with election activities, but that does not excuse POTUS’ lies about fraud.

The Dangers of Attacks on Legitimate Voting Processes

Trump, Scott, and their allies are not doing America any favors.

The Complexity of Korea

Not one war, but five.

The North Korean Deception

As expected, the North’s nuclear development continues.

Are we Finally Starting to Talk about Electoral Reform?

The NYT is trying to start a conversation.

A Photo for Friday: “Shards”

Welcome to Friday.

Today in Terrible Columns

Bret Stephens’ piece this week adds up to not much.

More Xenophobia from POTUS

On Wednesday Trump tweeted out a crass, dishonest ad in hopes of leveraging fear and racism as a political tool.

Huckabee-Sanders calls Trump 2016 Win “an overwhelming majority”; That is not True

Is it too much to ask for truth about basic facts from the White House Press Secretary?

Looking to Actual Numbers

A chart to ponder.

Stoking Xenophobia

The blatant stoking of irrational fear as campaign politics.

Radicalizing Rhetoric

Trump’s words matter.

A Photo for Friday: “To Paradise”

Happy Friday.

Rural v. Urban Representation and the Quality of Democracy

Minority rule and self-reinforcing cleavages are not a a healthy combination.