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

The Latest Salvo in the Debate over the Value of Higher Education

A new study indicates that college degrees lead to higher wages even in fields that do not require a degree.

Is an Electoral College Sweep even Possible?

Sunday afternoon musings on an electoral college sweeps.

Vote Gaddafi out?

Is Gaddafi offering a way out?

What’s up with Chávez?

The normally loquacious Chávez has been almost silent since emergency surgery in Cuba on June 10th.

House Votes to Continue Libya Policy

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Ebb and Flow of Coca Cultivation

Coca cultivation is down in Colombia! But guess what is true about Peru?

Strategic Picking and Choosing on the Route to the Nomination

The GOP contenders are starting the regular ritual of decided how to navigate our rather odd nomination process.

CA Controller to Withhold Pay of Legislators over Budget

CA’s budget battles continue.

Congress and Libya

Is Congress set to vote to authorize military action in Libya?

Gingrich is Done

Gingrich is beyond toast.

Guns and Democracy

Is it reasonable to state that countries with less guns are more likely to become tyrannical than countries with more guns?

Alabama State Senators Refers to Blacks as “Aborigines”

Wearing a wire can come back to bite you.

Romney and the Abortion Pledge

Mitt won’t sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Pledge.

The “Unfavorite Sons” (GOP Candidates and their States)

When one runs for president, it is assumed that one has a shot at one’s home state. Some of the GOP hopefuls, however, look more like unfavorite sons (and daughters).

Romney well Ahead in NH Poll

Romney remains the clear front-runner in NH in a post-debate poll.

Talk Radio and Sponsorship by Advocacy Groups

Does Limbaugh love the Heritage Foundation because of their ideas or their check book?

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants Linked to Osama Raid

The ISI appears to have shown a special interest in informants that helped the CIA find bin Laden.

Looking to the Founders

Sandy Levinson suggests that there is a key lesson from the Founders that we ignore.

Can Government Get out of the Marriage Business?

Government is inextricably linked to the marriage business.

Chart of the Day: Biggest Military Spenders

The US spends a lot on defense relative to, well, the rest of the world.

AKP Retains Majority in Turkish Elections

Turkey has had elections, and the ruling AKP has retained a majority in parliament. The next major issue appears to be constitutional reform.

Is the Syrian Military Fracturing?

It appears that the Syrian military is starting to fracture. Exactly how widespread this is remains to be seen.

Let’s not Forget Georgia

In addition to Alabama, we can also have Georgia on ours minds on the ongoing immigration debate.