“Election Law’s Path in the Roberts Court’s First Decade: A Sharp Right Turn But with Speed Bumps and Surprising Twists”

I have posted this draft on SSRN.  It is still an early draft. Comments welcome! Here is the abstract: The first decade of election law cases at the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice Roberts brought election law … Continue reading

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“Unlimited party fundraising and spending gives you less polarized legislatures? Discuss.”

Ray LaRaja and Brian Schaffner write at The Monkey Cage: Lee Drutman’s recent Monkey Cage piece challenges a finding from our forthcoming book, Campaign Finance and Political Polarization:When Purists Prevail. That is, that states that allow parties to raise and … Continue reading

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Whose party is it anyway?

Coauthored with Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas Law School In yesterday’s post, we described how major functions once performed by official party organizations are migrating instead to what we call shadow parties—groups situated outside the official party apparatus, but clearly … Continue reading

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A war within the Republican party?

  Coauthored with Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas Law School A recent story perfectly embodied the central puzzle in a paper that we recently published in the Supreme Court Review. The story tells about the war between the Koch brothers … Continue reading

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The Political Safeguards of Horizontal Federalism

Over at Balkinization, I’ve been blogging (here, here, here, and here) about the benefits associated with spillovers, which occur when one state’s policies affect citizens of another state. Most of those arguments have to do with my other field, federalism. … Continue reading

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Schmitt on Reform Skeptics and Romantics

Mark Schmitt has written a thoughtful piece about democratic romanticism in the recent edition of the journal Democracy (http://www.democracyjournal.org/36/democratic-romanticism-and-its-critics.php). In it, he identifies “an increasingly influential group of scholars and journalists” who form a “school of skeptics” about the thrust … Continue reading

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Romanticizing Democracy, Political Fragmentation, and the Decline of American Government

I’ve now posted this article, and this abstract for it, at this link.  I began this debate with this piece in the Washington Post/Monkey Cage; those responding critically to my views include the political scientist Seth Masket, here, and Jonathan … Continue reading

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