David Rohde, a political scientist now in his 50th year of teaching the subject, taught “Congress and President” from the time he arrived at Duke in 2005 until 2015.
“I teach about American Politics from a theoretical point of view, so that approach is resilient enough to deal with the myriad... Read More about Teaching Trump-Era Politics in the Classroom - interviews with David Rohde and Michelle Whyman »
"The War on the Rocks podcast is back with a big episode and an all-star cast. Hal Brands and Alex Bick of SAIS, Will Inboden of the Clements Center at the University of Texas, Kori Schake of the Hoover Institution, Colin Kahl of Georgetown, and Peter Feaver of Duke dish about the U..S. National... Read More about So, Does The National Security Strategy Matter? Podcast with Peter Feaver »
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 about Democracy in Chains and Buchanan on school integration - Georg Vanberg writes for The Volokh Conspiracy »
“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 about Sunshine Hillygus awarded two large National Science Foundation grants »
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 about Trump setting records for low presidential approval - Scott de Marchi interviewed for CNBC »
"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 about When can POTUS authorize a nuclear attack? Peter Feaver answers on PBS NewsHour »
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 about White identity politics - Ashley Jardina writes for Monkey Cage »
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 about Kerry Haynie discusses Charlottesville turmoil on NPR and WJLA »
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 about Would a public that doesn't approve of Trump follow him into war? - Peter Feaver on CNN »
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 about Trump's baffling attacks on McConnell - David Rohde interviewed for The New York Times »