The Opportunity Cost of Conflict: Statistically Comparing Israel and Synthetic Israel

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What would Israel’s economy have looked like without the Palestinian Intifadas? Scholars have long debated the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israel’s economy. Some point to Israel’s long-term growth trajectory and conclude the conflict has little or no impact on Israel’s economy, while others argue the conflict has a ...

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Obama’s Democratic Legacy

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Writing on book on Abraham Lincoln, which I am doing for Rowman & Littlefield’s Modernity and Political Thought series, may seem ill-advised given the number of volumes on the 16th president of the United States already extant. On the other hand, given the unstable combination of Lincoln’s iconic status and ...

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Further Thoughts on DA-RT

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What’s up with DA-RT? What happened regarding DA-RT at the APSA meeting in San Francisco? Is it true, as one prominent editor has been quoted, that DA-RT is a fait accompli, and that “the train has already left the station?” In recent weeks I have been repeatedly asked these questions. ...

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Catalonia’s quest for independence: Plain dead or alive and kicking?

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The outcome of the recent regional election in Catalonia (which was held on September 27th) has been read very differently by the pro-independence and the pro-union camps. The former have emphasized that pro-independence parties won, for the first time in Catalan history, a clear majority of seats in the Catalan ...

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A Political Science Public Sphere

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Matthew Flinders is a terrific writer. While we’ve never met, I have greatly enjoyed his book Defending Politics, and was very pleased to have been invited by him to participate in a symposium that he organized on the relevance of political science that was published in May 2013 issue of ...

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