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April 12, 2013 10:00 AM Here’s One Way to Make Political Science Research More Accessible

By Joshua Tucker

Just finished up a very interesting discussion at the Midwest Political Science Association annual conference about ways we can continue to make political science research more accessible to wider numbers of people.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share this animated video that Princeton University put together to promote an article entitled People Power or a One-Shot Deal? A Dynamic Model of Protest co-authored by me and Adam Meirowitz that was just published in the American Journal of Political Science. The voice in the background belongs to a colleague.

Maybe not the future of the discipline, but still pretty creative!

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University.


  • alcatraz on April 14, 2013 5:51 PM:

    I don't think most people think this simplistically about politics. If this is any indication, it seems that the emphasis on quantitative analysis in poli sci results in a dumbing down of the actual interpretation of political dynamics. What role is the military playing in your scenario? What about international financial institutions insisting on austerity, and forcing each new elected official to follow the same patterns? How do those masses you depict work to hold new governments accountable to new constitutions that are developed and voted on by the people? How do they struggle against the IFIs, as in the cases of Argentina or Bolivia?