Archive For February 28, 2012

Link Between Wealth and Homo Economicus Behavior?

Do individuals who earn higher income behave more like John Stewart Mill’s Economic Man? In other words, does wealth increase the likelihood of greedy predispositions and thus increased “unethical behavior”? New research published in the early edition of  the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seems to suggest this very result. Researchers from the the University of California, Berkeley and Rotman School of Management, […]

Prolonging Defeat (Wartime Elections)

Yesterday there was an interesting blog post by Phil Arena discussing how the costs of war are distributed within democracies. The idea behind distributing the costs of war is that, “By shielding the average voter from the worst of war’s ravages, which they can do through a variety of strategies, not the least of which is avoiding […]

Wartime Elections

Motivation How does war (or any highly significant policy) affect the electorate’s vote choice? Moreover, how do different signals regarding the state of the war (success or failure) help the electorate to form their belief about the incumbent’s war policy? The political science literature regarding the affect of war on elections has a long history, beginning with […]

The Importance of (Formal) Theory and the Theoretical Consistency Assumption

Hello Again Everyone, I have just received my copy of A Model Discipline: Political Science and the Logic of Representations by Clarke and Primo. I have not yet begun to read the book; however, the  idea that the emphasis political scientists put on testing (formal) models and the way that practice may distort how we view […]