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Prof. Victor Menaldo says liberal democracy is under threat in many places. And, by both left and right. "In the United States, liberalism has been attacked by President Trump in countless forms, including ham-fisted attempts to goad foreign governments into interfering in the upcoming election, harassment of the media, threats of drastic budget cuts to the post office in the middle of a pandemic in which voting by mail has become an insurance policy against mass disenfranchisement, calls to supporters to vote twice and rampant interference with the Department of Justice...Liberalism has also... Read more
Prof. James Long, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington has observed many elections in Asia and Africa, for research and as part of an advocacy organization called Democracy International and he also has witnessed firsthand the kind of election fraud that most Americans have not. But now, with President Trump decrying mail-in voting and suggesting he may not agree to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election–as he did in the first presidential debate – Americans are worried about how the election will be... Read more
Republican strategist Randy Pepple and Democratic strategist Cathy Allen, who created and co-teach a UW course on political campaigns, work on the common ground even they have a different political perspective. Pepple and Allen first met in the 1990s, When KUOW invited them to present opposing viewpoints in a radio segment. Strategies the public might view as negative are, in Allen and Pepple’s view, an attempt to provide a contrast between the candidates. “ We challenge students to think about what is an attack and what is contrasting the opponent’s position with your candidate’s position,”... Read more
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Interested in a discussion about the dynamics and purposes of candidate debates in the U.S. and around the world, cueing off the last Presidential Debate and the upcoming VP one?  James Long, Mark Smith and Victor Menaldo tackle that subject for the podcasts Neither Free Nor Fair? and the UW Political Economy Forum. They cover calls to cancel the future debates, the role of debates in American democracy, and how debates contributed to democratization in Mexico.... Read more
Experts around the world have agreed that wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to curtail the spread of COVID-19. A new study out of the UW found that in the United States, masks have become a partisan issue. This research is part of the UW COVID-19 state policy projecrt, led by associate political science professor Christoper Adolph and chair of the political science department John Wilkerson. This project goal is understading what made states more or less likely to adopt these policies, and also to... Read more
Scientist are warning of a larger wave of infection this winter. They agree the simplest, easiest way to fight that surge is to get most people to wear masks most of the time. Yet the political fight over face coverings rages. trump is amplifying disdain for masks and, in fact, the phenomenon has been playing out across the country, most strikingly among some of Trump’s most ardent supporters — law enforcement and extremely conservative politicians. the single-strongest predictor of whether or not a state will mandate strong mask policies bears little relationship to a state’s disease problem... Read more
Political Science's Megan Ming Francis has been named one of 12 grant-supported “Freedom Scholars” in a new initiative by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation. “This grant will allow me to expand the organizing work I do with incarcerated populations and will provide necessary seed funding to launch another project focused on detailing what wealthy institutions owe to communities of color,” she said. “I am committed to conducting research on past injustices and linking that information to public conversations, movement building,... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write on Forbes that Republican candidates are getting on the environmental wagon, in a local manner, during this election cycle. "Competitive elections are forcing politicians to take pro-environment positions that... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak in a Forbes opinion give us the image of the size of the California fires as the same as a country. "Why are there fires on such a massive scale? The causes are both structural (climate change and bad policies) and agentic (irresponsible individual behaviors). The former create conditions that increase fire risks and degrade response capacity, while the latter pulls the veritable trigger." The... Read more
Professor Emeritus Lance Bennett and colleague Steven Livingston argue that people here who consider themselves patriots helped, willingly or not, Russia interfere in our elections. And may do so again. "Investigations by news organizations, US intelligence agencies, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, and of course by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, all reached the same conclusion: The Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential elections." Think tanks and organizations funded by wealthy individuals and libertarians aid to have "... Read more