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Duke Political Science hosts Behavioral Models of Politics Conference

Thursday, May 18, 2017
This conference brings together a diverse group of international scholars to address various ways analytical models of politics can be broadened to include “behavioral” concepts, both within and beyond the standard rational choice, game theoretic paradigm. Research presented here features a... Read More »

Economist Jokes: A Typology - Michael Munger writes for Learn Liberty

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Our thesis in our work on economist jokes is that there are really three factors: whether the joke is funny, or insightful, or makes fun of economists. If the unexpected alteration in point of view is too great, seems strained, or violates the internal logic of the joke itself, then we may say, “... Read More »

Duke Political Oracles - A portrait series highlighting undergraduate vision

Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Duke Political Oracles is a series of undergraduate portraits.  Following oracle metaphors from classical antiquity, this portrait series dramatizes what clairvoyance may have looked like or been remembered as such. The goal is to celebrate our political science majors and give them an... Read More »

James Ferencsik, graduating political science student, profiled on Duke Today

Thursday, May 11, 2017
As a social entrepreneur and activist, James Ferencsik is committed to tackling major social problems including waterborne disease and youth representation in politics. In 2013, James was awarded the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship, an undergraduate merit award, to attend Duke. The... Read More »

Firing Comey Makes an Independent Commission Even More Likely - Peter Feaver writes for Foreign Policy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The legitimate questions about what the Russians were doing cannot be fired away. Indeed, if Comey has damaging testimony to offer, he would seem to be even more of a threat as a former FBI director than as an acting one. Moreover, the hearings for his successor will be dominated by the same... Read More »

How Abnormal was Comey's Firing? - Timur Kuran sourced for the NYTimes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Timur Kuran, a professor of political science and economics at Duke, said: “It is extremely unusual for a U.S. president to interfere with an investigation involving his own behaviors. It puts at risk checks and balances that are vital to the health of U.S. democracy.” Continue reading here... Read More »

Healthcare is a moral issue first - David Siegel writes for The Hill

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
On May 4 the House of Representatives passed a poorly understood healthcare bill. The more people learn about it, the less they seem to like it. Maybe that’s why it was so shrouded in secrecy before passage, with barely any analysis of its likely effects or opportunity for public discourse... Read More »

Professor Michael Ward Retires

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Michael Ward retired as Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  He received a bachelors from Indiana University in 1970, served with the 287th Military Police in the Berlin Brigade from 1970-72, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1977... Read More »

Timur Kuran and Peter Feaver sourced for NYTimes: "Is the Trump Presidency Getting More Normal? Experts Rate 28 Events"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
President Trump continues to be unconventional. But he also seems to be adjusting to the realities of the presidency, governing in a more typical way than when he started. That was the conclusion of a panel of experts asked by The Upshot to rate 28 major news events in the administration’s... Read More »

Risky brinkmanship with an unstable North Korean regime, Kyle Beardsley writes Op-Ed

Monday, May 1, 2017
The game of chicken is commonly used to describe conflicts between states armed with nuclear weapons. Also referred to as "brinkmanship," leaders of nuclear states know that it is not credible to threaten the initiation of nuclear war, but they try to use the risk of nuclear hostilities to get... Read More »

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