Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. 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 Ryan Plan’s Political Problem

Will the Ryan Plan ever be voted out of the House?

This Budget Cutting Thing is Hard

To borrow a phrase: budgeting is the science of muddling through (with an emphasis on the “muddling” far more than the “science.”

Are we Living in the Nightmare that Rand Predicted?

Is our current economic situation the result of massive government intervention? The Randians certainly think so.

The Return of Hypocrisy as Parliamentary Procedure

Games legislators play…

Thoughts on the Likely Government Shutdown

A government shutdown is not just a hypothetical in a debating contest. It will affect real people.

Fiscal Responsibility on Display in Wisconsin

Apparently in the Walker administration, one need not be qualified to get an $80k/year position.

Political Warfare in WI

Is asking to see a professor’s e-mails a legitimate open records request or is it an attempt at silencing a critic?

The Profound Query of Sarah Palin? (And the Politics of Apologies)

Palin thinks Israel apologizes too much and it would seem that some find this to be a profound statement.

Sometimes Humor is Just Humor (Malkin and NPR Edition)

Michelle Malkin is unhappy about being part of joke on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

Meanwhile, to Libya’s East…

Egyptian voters have approved amendments to Egypt’s constitution.

An Irony About Libya

So much for not getting invaded…

March Madness

How many Americans are really even paying attention to the actions in Libya?

The NPR Vote and Understanding the Budget

Republican budget cuts to this point have been less than serious.

NPR Defunding Bill Violated 72 Hour Rule

The NPR vote was nothing more than political theatrics–and it violated a GOP campaign promise to boot.

Democracy will Win

Regardless of one’s preferences in terms of endgame in Wisconsin, democracy will win out.