9 episodes

With all the noise created by a 24/7 news cycle, it can be hard to really grasp what's going on in politics today. We provide a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories not through opinion and anecdotes, but rigorous scholarship, massive data sets and a deep knowledge of theory. Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors William Howell, Anthony Fowler and Wioletta Dziuda. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast Network.

Not Another Politics Podcast Harris School of Public Policy

    • Government
    • 4.8, 60 Ratings

With all the noise created by a 24/7 news cycle, it can be hard to really grasp what's going on in politics today. We provide a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories not through opinion and anecdotes, but rigorous scholarship, massive data sets and a deep knowledge of theory. Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors William Howell, Anthony Fowler and Wioletta Dziuda. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast Network.

    Does The Media Really Affect Elections?

    Does The Media Really Affect Elections?

    The 2020 election will soon be upon us. As usual, news outlets will play a crucial role informing the public about the candidates. But could their decisions actual swing elections?

    That’s the argument put forward by Prof. Gregory Martin from Stanford University in a recent paper. The data he’s collected shows that the decisions made by reporters and editors may have surprising effects on who voters support.

    Paper: https://web.stanford.edu/~gjmartin/papers/Milestones%20Jan%202020.pdf 

    • 34 min
    The Surprising New Data On Vote-By-Mail

    The Surprising New Data On Vote-By-Mail

    One of the concerns of the coronavirus is how we’ll handle voting in the 2020 election. Democrats have called for a blanket vote-by-mail system, while the Republicans have said that system would favor Democrats. But what does the data tell us about vote-by-mail?

    A recent paper from soon to be Asst. Prof at UCLA, Dan Thompson, gives us the best data yet on how vote-by-mail effects turn out and partisans differences in elections. The results are surprising, and should change the debate over vote-by-mail.

    • 42 min
    Are Democrats And Republicans Really Living In Separate Worlds?

    Are Democrats And Republicans Really Living In Separate Worlds?

    One of the stories of the coronavirus outbreak has been that Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on a shared set of facts about the virus. But groundbreaking research from political scientist Gregory Huber at Yale University call that narrative into question.

    For years, political scientists have relied on surveys to understand what the American public thinks about what’s happening in politics and the world, like COVID-19. But what if those surveys aren’t actually telling us about people’s true

    • 37 min
    How A Single Demagogue Can Change A Democracy Forever

    How A Single Demagogue Can Change A Democracy Forever

    Americans often think of demagogues as a feature of foreign countries with weak or non-existent democracies. But is it possible to still get a demagogue in a functioning and strong democracy? That’s the argument of Mehdi Shadmehr in his paper: “Demagogues and the Fragility of Democracy” (https://tinyurl.com/rpdymkz).

    One of the scariest features of this research is that once a country elects a single demagogue they can create a political death spiral that can lead the country into financial ruin.

    • 36 min
    Coronavirus And The Politics of Pandemics

    Coronavirus And The Politics of Pandemics

    Why don’t we prepare better for crises we know are coming? What effect will the coronavirus pandemic have on Trump’s 2020 chances? Should we even be having an election in the midst of a viral outbreak? On this episode, we turn to the best political science research to answer these questions and more about the politics behind COVID-19.

    • 37 min
    Is Polarization Pushing Us To Hate Each Other?

    Is Polarization Pushing Us To Hate Each Other?

    We’re constantly told that America is too divided. That we no long just oppose members of the opposite party, but actually hate them. That something is broken in American life.

    We take these issues to one of the leading scholars in the world on polarization, Dr. Shanto Iyengar from Stanford University. And we focus on one of his papers, which argues that affective polarization really has gotten as bad as the experts say, and we discuss what we can do about it.

    Paper: https://tinyurl.com/hrywxrl

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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Interesting Listen

It’s great to see behind the scenes how academics think about politics.

BigEinThumb ,

So pretentious

Unsubscribing it’s just too stuck up. This is why liberals lose and I am liberal.

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It started out so well, but has turned out to be an opportunity to bash Trump. Very disappointing.

Unsubscribing because of the Trump bashing.

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