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The Case for Welfare

Can someone help me find well-researched academic or think tank articles that challenge the position that current US welfare spending is a disincentive to work? I am specifically asking about debate over actual real levels of benefits in various states in the USA, not other countries or welfare as an abstract ideal. I'm looking something that engages with the basic argument of this CATO whitepaper. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Jun 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Best college major for addressing climate change?

What kind of skill sets does one need to be of best help to addressing climate change? It would seem like the most obvious choice is to major in environmental science. Otherwise, maybe political science to deal with legislators and capital hill? Or "who cares what you study undergrad" and go to law school?
posted by defmute on Jun 18, 2014 - 26 answers

Research on the decline of voter engagement and participation

Calling political science people: I want to read solid, evidence-based work that tries to explain why voters are voting less and less in Western democracies over the last few decades. Which writers and what works do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Oct 13, 2013 - 2 answers

What are the five most seminal books in whatever field you're interested

Imagine you're allowed to give a nobel prize for five of the most seminal books of the past 50-60 years in whatever field you're interested and/or invested in. What would they be? The Nobel is usually given out to applied research and application and theory is eschewed. In this case you can give it to theoretical works as well. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Sep 6, 2013 - 9 answers

How did the Japanese public come to admire U.S. culture, post WWII?

Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 answers

The reeducation of an English major

Having spent the last few years as an attorney, I am contemplating returning to school, with the goal of eventually doing a PhD in Political Science. Potential issue: my background is not in Political Science. How best to fill in the gaps? [more inside]
posted by sinfony on Jun 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Political science + math = ?

What can I do with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics? [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Jun 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

How do five possible grad schools compare?

I am trying to choose a school for a PhD in Political Science. How do these compare? The University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, McGill University, and the University of Michigan? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Mar 13, 2012 - 17 answers

What books should I read that will appeal to my interests and look impressive on an honours political science application?

I am applying for my school’s undergraduate honours political science program next semester. The application requires a description of specific interests in and outside of the field, including readings. What should I read that will appeal to my interests and impress the admissions folk? [more inside]
posted by Kingsk on Dec 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Did anyone predict the Middle Eastern revolts?

Are there any political scientists or Middle Eastern scholars who predicted the recent protests? I.e. in the way that these people predicted the Great Collapse of 2008?
posted by r_nebblesworthII on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

Pick a MA, any MA.

Does the faculty matter as much for an MA program as for a PhD? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 23, 2010 - 9 answers

lies and lying liars

The marketplace of ideas and bad-faith arguments. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 13, 2010 - 18 answers

New to teaching: How do I teach a broad subject to non-majors?

Teaching a beginners course for a beginning instructor? Help me come up with a few ideas/guidelines for a intro tutorial for non-political science grad students. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Sep 8, 2010 - 1 answer

The internet is full of political science. How do I narrow it down?

What's a good way to organize my PhD application process? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 21, 2010 - 18 answers

Help my friend find political essay contests?

I'm looking for politically themed essay contests with a cash prize for a lecturer in the Political Sciences I know who has just been laid off. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Jan 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Which US government programs are managed well and why?

What are the best well-written and scholarly (read: thoughtful and well-researched, not partisan or propagandistic) books or reports on which US government programs are managed effectively and which poorly, and why?
posted by shivohum on Dec 3, 2009 - 7 answers

MA in Politcal Science v. M Public Policy

¿Master in Political Science or Master in Public Policy? [more inside]
posted by brakiwi on Nov 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for one-year programmes in Europe to study political science, public policy, and/or law

I'm thinking of applying to spend a year at university in Europe studying political science, public policy, or law. Help me find a programme! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try.

Help my friend get into a Canadian political science PhD program on his second try. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jul 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Is a masters in Political Science worth it?

Is a masters in Political Science worth it? Or should I look at other two year options like Urban and Regional Planning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me recession-proof my future, post-college life.

I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Jan 7, 2009 - 20 answers

Scholarship on why some dictatorships last and others don't?

Has anyone recommend any excellent books or articles analyzing why (and how) dictatorship can maintain itself some places, but is successfully challenged and overthrown by more democratic forces elsewhere?
posted by shivohum on Nov 11, 2008 - 9 answers

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

____'s Law of Bureaucracy?

Obscure political science filter: What is the name of the political science/urban studies law [___'s Law] of bureaucracy that states that, over time, agencies have a tendency/need to invest much of their energy and resources into sustaining themselves, often at the cost of more completely and directly fulfilling their original missions? [more inside]
posted by lunit on Sep 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Political Science for Cynics

What is the term in political science that describes this concept? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Sep 17, 2008 - 17 answers

Most important social psychology books of past 50 years?

What have been the most important books in social science (including psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, "applied" social sciences like marketing, and so on) of the past 50 years?
posted by Malad on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Speculative fiction that explores psychology/sociology?

What's some speculative fiction that uses magic or fictional technology to explore psychology, sociology, or political science in a deep way? I'm not as much interested here in fabulous monsters or space operas or even deep thinking about physics -- I'm interested in books that explore the nature of the mind and/or human society by imagining a world that worked differently.
posted by shivohum on Apr 13, 2008 - 45 answers

Climate scientists as political activists?

How are the role of scientists and the relationship between them and society changing as the climate questions has become (and will continue to become) more and more acute? [more inside]
posted by pica on Feb 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

What are Web 2.0's effects on American politics?

I always hear that blogging and YouTube are (and/or will be) revolutionary in American politics. Is this true? How so? Can you recommend recent books, academic articles, extended blog posts and other media that demonstrate (or argue against) the effects of blogging, citizen journalism, social networking web sites and YouTube on American politics? Differing viewpoints would be appreciated!
posted by eswusp86 on Aug 11, 2007 - 8 answers

The Political Philosophy of Moderation

Are there any good academic papers out there applying political theory and philosophy to the moderation of online forums? Also interested in recommendations of papers on moderation in online forums in general. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 8, 2007 - 8 answers

States Revoking City/County Governance

Can you think of examples of a U.S. state government revoking a charter or other governance document for a local government body, such as a city or county? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Jun 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Cult of Personality

This is a political question, so please remove if inappropriate or fatigued.
Is there any academic debate concerning the Bush administration's similarity to the doctrine of Führerprinzip, and how it may be creating a modern American cult of personality?
posted by plexi on Nov 7, 2004 - 2 answers

Books on Ethnic Minorities in Developing Countries Dominating Said Countries' Economy?

Amy Chua's book "World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability"discusses how ethnic minorities in many developing countries dominate the country economically. (The Chinese in many southeast Asian countries, whites in parts of Africa, etc)

Do any other MeFites know of other books or resources that discuss this phenomenon? (which undoubtely will only become more prevalaent as the world globalizes)
posted by jare2003 on Oct 5, 2004 - 3 answers

Recommend some good political cartoons?

Im taking a political science class, and the teacher wants us to cite political editorials and cartoons, and explain what ideology they represent. (mi) [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Jun 24, 2004 - 22 answers

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