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

Super-Majority Requirements and Fiscal Outcomes (Tax Compromise Edition)

The pending compromise between the two parties on taxes and other policies underscores the fact that enhanced minority power (in this case, the filibuster power) helps contribute to fiscal irresponsibility.

POL 101: To Govern is to Redistribute

Is it possible to govern and not engage in some amount of redistribution?

An Historical Note on the 17th Amendment

The states fought hard to retain the right to appoint Senators, right?

Another Observation about the 17th Amendment

How would appointed Senators affect the partisan mix of the Senate?

The Unspoken Hope of Critics of the Seventeenth Amendment

Why would policy outcomes be different under the 17th Amendment?

Headline of the Day

Line of the Day: Tax and Spend Edition

They aren’t going to stop, but the cliches that pass for debate sure are tiresome (plus some musings about the tax cut extension debate).

One Bizarre Poll

So, if Hispanics formed a political party, what do you think it should be called?

On the Role of States in our Constitutional Order

Sorting out, to some degree, the role of the states in our constitutional order.

POL 101: A Question about Representation

Are the interests of a given state different than the interests of the people living in that state?

A Simple Question on DADT

Is there really anyone who can credibly argue at this point that the policy regarding homosexuals openly serving in the armed services is anything other than basic discrimination?

Things not to Celebrate: Secession

Roughly 150 years ago, the CSA was born. Is this something worthy of celebration?

McCain and North Korea

McCain brings up “regime change” in re: the DKRP and China apparently isn’t doing enough.

The Real Deficit-Reduction Math

There is a simple mathematical equation that explains why deficit reduction is so difficult.

A Basic Point on the Korea Situation

There is at least one simple reason why dealing with the North is so difficult.

Angle 2.0?

US Troops to Mexican Drug War? (So Contemplates Rick Perry)

Would troops to Mexico help in the drug war?

Image of the Day

Plagiarism Kills

Outrage and Opt-Outs will not Sway the TSA

So will there be an efficacious backlash against TSA policies? I am guessing no.

Partisanship, Segmentation and the Mass Media

Is the current media environment a problem for proper political discourse?

The Vanishing Southern, White Democrat

The white, Southern Democrat is a dying breed.