There's No Good Way to Determine Electability Other Than Holding Elections
It's important to not nominate a sure loser, but, historically, "electability" arguments have been used to discourage women and minorities from running.
Marijuana Isn't a Gateway Drug No Matter What Chris Christie Says
The New Jersey governor is against legalization, but it's unclear why.
Deep, Dark Secrets of Congress That Don't Make Any Sense
Taking a closer look at a revealing memo about political life that doesn't actually reveal very much.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Alisha Holland, 29, Political Science
For the month of April we're profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
Why Do Scandals Destroy Some Politicians but Not Others?
We've seen some careers ended, and others accelerated. What does the research have to say about who is ruined by a scandal and who isn't?
We All Want More of Everything—Except Taxes
How are politicians supposed to take cues from their constituents when polls don't account for economic realities?
Great Debate: Will Politicians Answer the Question?
American political campaigners are primed to deliver talking points regardless of the question they’ve actually been asked. Two professors offer tips for more on-target debates going forward.
Was Sarah Palin’s Image Hurt By Tina Fey? You Betcha!
New research suggests exposure to Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin in 2008 lowered voters' opinion of the candidate.
Political Fact Checking That Doesn’t Amplify the Lie
The next generation of political fact checking will offer humor and quicker turnarounds without further propagating the underlying deception.
Scandals Do Drive Voters — When Abuse of Power Is Involved
New research finds financial scandals hurt politicians more than moral ones, and the public particularly frowns on abuses of power.