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

That’s Just Weird (House GOP’s Movie Clip for Inspiration)

Somebody has an odd idea of “inspirational.”

Erick Erickson can Offer no Absolution to Members of Congress (!?)

Members of Congress are calling Erick Erickson for advice and absolution?

Pessimism Concerning the House

The main problem remains the House.

Refreshing our Short Term Memories on the Debt Ceiling Crisis

Some history of the last 7+months.

POL 101 and the Debt Ceiling Debate

Yes, the President is a key actor in the debt ceiling debate. However, the actual decision is a congressional one.

Cutting Through the Talking Points

The problem at the moment is not the lack of a Democratic plan.

The Debate on Taxes Requires Honesty

We need to have a serious debate on taxes and spending. And it would be nice if the debate was honest.

A Question for the Business Types in the Audience

A question about borrowing.

An Attempt at Unpacking the News Corp Scandal

I must confess to having only paid peripheral attention at first, but it is clear that there is a major story here that requires attention.

Balanced Budget Nonsense (Part II)

Let’s look at the actual proposal.

POL 101: Balanced Budget Nonsense (Part I)

Talk of passing a balanced budget amendment is nonsense.

Debt Ceiling Concerns: Much Ado about Nothing?

Should we assume that a deal will eventually be struck and simply stop paying attention to the debt ceiling debate?

Business, the GOP, and the Debt Ceiling

The GOP’s debt ceiling stance appears to be making some in business uneasy.

Fiscal Matters and the Need for Realistic Discourse

Our fundamental fiscal problem is an unwillingness to deal realistically with costs and benefits.

GDP Alone Does not Tell the Development Story

Yes, China’s GDP growth has been impressive for some time now, but it is not the sole way to understand development.

Evidence of the Consequence of Default

A study shows how a brief blip in payments in 1979 had negative consequences.

Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission Issues Ruling

Institutions, or the lack thereof, matter.