News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
Thoughts of death inspire us to cling more tightly to the beliefs that give our lives meaning—including our ideological stances.
When violent white supremacists attack and kill people, criticizing divisiveness and urging people to unite is, at best, a dodge.
Legislative productivity is contingent on much more than simply having the numbers.
Look to the Colorado state legislature, which just closed its 2017 session, for lessons on how to put an end to gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Republicans talk about ideology and Democrats talk about groups—but they may be talking about the same thing.
A look at the Bipartisan Policy Center's comprehensive consideration of the issue.
Why are state legislatures and voters both growing more polarized when it's clear that almost no one gets into politics with the goal of driving the parties further apart? Presenters at a recent conference proposed some answers.
As both of our political parties move to the ideological extremes, Republican women, who, unlike their Democratic counterparts, tend to be more moderate than the men in their party, are being left behind.
An alternate voting system being tested in several cities around the world could have some surprising long-term effects.
What happens when activists and interest groups support political candidates who are not in their pocket, and give them leverage to behave more moderately.
Ideologically extreme members of Congress are more vulnerable to defeat when voters can learn about their in-office activities through traditional media.