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

Comparative Abortion Policy

Some additional comparative info (internationally and state-to-state).

Considering a World without Roe

Some considerations on the politics of Roe v. Wade.

A Comment on the Pruitt Resignation

He had to go (and should have been gone some time ago).

It’s Not Just about Border Security

There is a general anti-immigrant current in this administration.

MS13 at the Gates

MS13 is one thorough gang.

Enlightenment Ideals and the Immigration Crisis

Today is a great day to reflect on the Enlightenment ideals that fueled a Declaration.

A Photo for the Fourth

Happy Birthday, America.

The Art of those Deals

Trump’s deal-making prowess in NK and Iran isn’t too impressive.

Comparative Judiciaries

The current discussion about SCOTUS is a good excuse to look at how other countries handle these things.

Words Matter

Trump uses an array of ugly language about immigrants. He pretends like he is just talking about MS13 but that is not the case.

A Photo for Friday: “Liberty”

Happy Friday.

Who is Crossing?

The president has a skewed view of who is trying to enter the US.

Madison, Will, and the Ambitions of the GOP

Madison was right about politicians and ambition. He just didn’t see the how it would all play out.

President Trump’s Unreality Show

Either the President of the United States is a knowing liar or he is very easily duped. Neither is a comforting thought.

A Photo for Friday: “Bridge”

Happy Friday.

US Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

Another unilateral withdrawal from an international institution.

On the Law and Migrant Children

Some recommended reading.

This Moment in Time

The Trump administration’s approach to immigrant children is a serious test of our national morality.

Colombia to the Polls

Colombia is currently choosing its next president.

More Evidence of a Russian Offer of Dirt on HRC

The offer was made to Roger Stone.

Mark Sanford Loses Nomination Bid

His criticism of President Trump appears to have been a key reason.

Another Question for Trump Supporters

European alliance and Russian goals edition.

Winging it is not a Smart Foreign Policy Tactic

And yet, Trump seems to think his gut is all he needs. This will not end well with North Korea, nor the G-7 (or any number of other things).

On the Appropriation of National Symbols

Trump’s withdrawal of his invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles is just another example of his populistic nationalism. (And it isn’t healthy).

Some Questions for Trump Supporters

Trump’s suggestion to include Russia again in a new G-8 makes me wonder about a couple of things.

The (Lack of) Preparation for the North Korea Summit

“Winging it” isn’t how foreign policy should be made.

The US, Russia, and the EU

The actions of the Trump administration are helping Russian-EU relations (to the detriment of the US).

A PSA on California’s Top-Two “Primary”

It isn’t a primary and it is an illustration of how electoral rules affect behavior.

A Photo for Friday (Well, Sunday): “Somber”

Two days late, but here it is.

The Trump Administration and the Press

The numbers suggests that the administration isn’t too interested in talking.

Juxtaposing US Policy Towards Iran and Korea

The President and the Secretary of State had some oddly contradictory statements this week.

And Reality Rears its Head in Korea

It was never going to be as easy as the administration thought.

A Photo for Friday: “Final Goal”

Not only is it Saturday, but this is a diversion from normal entries.

Return to the Axis of Evil: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

Does the administration know what it is doing?

Kerry Seeks to Preserve Iran Deal

The former SecState is engaging in some shadow diplomacy.

The “Post-Truth” Era?

General (Retired) Michael Hayden has some harsh, and concerning, criticisms of the Trump administration.

Are we Really on the Brink of a New Era in Korea?

There are reasons to be skeptical about the dawning of a new age on the peninsula.

A Photo for Friday: “From Behind”

The theme continues.

Trump and Violating the Norms of Political Speech

An essay from earlier in the year by Jacob T. Levy underscores some of the points I recently tried to make about democratic norms in the current era.

On Denuclearization and North Korea

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

A Photo for Friday: “Inner Space”

The spring theme continues, even if spring is not cooperating nationwide.

On Discussing and Analyzing the Trump Presidency

An attempt at defining the conversation.

A Photo for Friday: “Spiderwort”

The spring flower theme continues.

Back to the TPP?

Trump suggests US might seek to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Will Mexico Pay for the Wall?

The answer is, of course, no. Really, this is a post about the wall as policy.