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November 30, 2011 9:16 AM Barney Frank Had the Right Career

In the wake of Barney Frank's announced retirement, I'm seeing a lot of suggestions that are based, I think, on misunderstandings of Frank's strengths and of the various different skills needed for different roles. So: we have Tim Noah suggesting...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 14, 2011 12:06 PM Who Gets Credit for the Recovery (When it Happens)?

Seth Masket (link from Andrew Sullivan) writes: The upcoming presidential election is the most important election in a generation. . . . we are in the middle of (and hopefully on the tail end of) a truly catastrophic recession. The...

By Andrew Gelman

September 13, 2011 11:13 AM New Research on Political Misperceptions

My co-author Jason Reifler and I have just posted a new manuscript (PDF) titled "Opening the Political Mind? The effects of self-affirmation and graphical information on factual misperceptions." It's one of the followups to our Political Behavior article (PDF) on...

By Brendan Nyhan

August 23, 2011 5:00 PM Rick Perry’s Eggheads

Social science has established a real beachhead in contemporary political campaigns.  Sasha Isssenberg’s forthcoming book, The Victory Lab, tells the story (see also this).  Here is a passage from his interview with David Leonhardt about an excerpt from the book...

By John Sides

August 15, 2011 6:28 AM AAA Ratings and Regime Types

About four weeks ago—in the midst of the negotiations over extending the US debt ceiling—I was talking with a British friend of mine, and he asked me what President Obama meant when said he was going to take the argument...

By Joshua Tucker