Democracy in Chains and Buchanan on school integration - Georg Vanberg writes for The Volokh Conspiracy

Friday, September 1, 2017
The central rhetorical strategy of Professor MacLean’s book is the insinuation that Buchanan (and others working in the public choice tradition) were motivated by racial animus, and a desire to maintain the dominant position of a privileged, white, male elite. According to MacLean, this led them... Read More »

Sunshine Hillygus awarded two large National Science Foundation grants

Monday, August 28, 2017
“Making Young Voters: Policy Reforms to Increase Youth Turnout” $326,233 from Political Science Program, National Science Foundation, Sunshine Hillygus PI, John Holbein Co-PI, Matthew Lenard Co-PI Voter turnout among young people is dismally low in the United States—often 20-30 percentage... Read More »

Trump setting records for low presidential approval - Scott de Marchi interviewed for CNBC

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Scott de Marchi, who teaches political science at Duke University, says his research suggests approval ratings tend to affect whether a president can persuade Congress to do his or her bidding. That's primarily true with complex issues like tax reform, where Americans care about the outcome but... Read More »

When can POTUS authorize a nuclear attack? Peter Feaver answers on PBS NewsHour

Thursday, August 24, 2017
"It's true that the President doesn't have to have his order 'Ok'd' by another person.  That there's not a two-man rule at the very top.  The President alone makes the decision.  But the President alone cannot carry out the decision.  There's ample opportunity for the rest of... Read More »

White identity politics - Ashley Jardina writes for Monkey Cage

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Trump’s reaction may have energized some of his key supporters, but the whites marching on Charlottesville were only a small segment of a much larger population for whom the politics of white identity resonates. The vast majority of white Americans who feel threatened by the country’s growing... Read More »

Kerry Haynie discusses Charlottesville turmoil on NPR and WJLA

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dr. Kerry L. Haynie, director of Duke University's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, struck a note of caution in removing the Confederate monuments.  "I am fearful as an educator that we will forget the past," Haynie noted. "You often see now in textbooks and various... Read More »

Would a public that doesn't approve of Trump follow him into war? - Peter Feaver on CNN

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist who served as a senior adviser on the national security council for strategic planning under Bush, says these international doubts won't make it impossible for foreign leaders to back Trump if they support his strategy -- as demonstrated by the... Read More »

Trump's baffling attacks on McConnell - David Rohde interviewed for The New York Times

Friday, August 11, 2017
David Rohde, a professor of political science at Duke University, said the most plausible explanation of Trump’s decision to take on McConnell this week is an effort to play directly to his base. “For all the talk about fake polls, Trump and his collaborators must realize that their political... Read More »

Trump’s Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent - Peter Feaver interviewed for The New York Times

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Mr. Feaver said the explosive statement put Mr. Trump on a “risky path” because of its potential to inflame Mr. Kim, but was in keeping with his penchant for upending the established protocols of diplomacy in efforts to bring about a better outcome. “They may be saying, ‘Look, we have a 30-... Read More »

Was James Buchanan opposed to democracy? Not at all - Georg Vanberg writes for WaPo's Monkey Cage

Friday, August 4, 2017
Buchanan was emphatically committed to democracy if by democracy we understand the right of individuals to choose the political order under which they must live. If democracy is defined as a commitment to unfettered majority rule, then he was certainly not a democrat. But few, if any people are... Read More »