An incident captured on police body camera videos obtained by the Tribune exemplifies the kind of small, typically undocumented occurrences that can erode community trust in the Chicago Police Department.
Ethan BdMWill there be consequences for this police sergeant who ordered a CTA manager arrested after threatening her with arrest if she didn’t drop a complaint against an officer?
Early Friday morning, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested while covering the protests that have sprung up in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
Ethan BdMAnodyne apologies that protect the perpetrators is not what leadership looks like. Having the political courage to hold those giving illegal orders to arrest journalists would be real leadership.
Ethan BdMWhat does freedom even mean if an armed militia can't occupy a state house, using the threat of armed violence to shut down the legislature, as long as they don't ultimately shoot any legislators?
Ethan BdMI'm presenting "Sources of Women's Underrepresentation in US Politics: A Model of Election Aversion and Voter Discrimination" (with @soashworth & Chris Berry) at tomorrow's DCPEC seminar.
We are really looking forward to the feedback. Hope you can join.
In today’s political climate, objections to what is generally if not very precisely called “capitalism” frequently concern the ever-widening inequalities in income that are the …
Ethan BdMI've been thinking a bit about formal theory/institutionalism and Hegel (or Marx, if you prefer). This is in part because I just reread Peter Singer's Hegel book. And then, shortly thereafter, read this essay by Robert Pippin (h/t @AgnesCallard).
If the administration had reacted to the ventilator shortage in February, a private sector effort starting now might have made lifesaving equipment in mid- to late April. Now it is unlikely to be before June.
Ethan BdMThis is what bad governance looks like.
Ethan BdMCongratulations to my colleague, Wiola Dziuda, on her promotion to tenure! She is a deep thinker and a terrific colleague. We are lucky to have her @HarrisPolicy.
If you haven't already, go read her papers.
Professor Schofield is currently working on topics in the theory of social choice, political economy, and democracy. He is director of the Center in Political Economy.
Ethan BdMThe great Norman Schofield has died. He was one of the truly great @FormalTheory researchers and an academic original. Personally, he was one of the defining presences of my assistant professorship. I’ll post some (mostly irreverent) remembrances today.
After 20 years, has the author’s formula at last been exhausted?
Ethan BdMThis is a very good review. One of the things that is so frustrating about Malcolm Gladwell, pop social science, and the BSier sides of social psychology (and other social sciences) is that they give the whole enterprise of social science a bad name.
Misogyny and mass shootings in the United States are closely intertwined.
Ethan BdMExcited that Anthony Fowler & I are partnering w/ local public radio to teach exec ed course for journalists on thinking clearly about data. One take away: when headline like "A Common Trait Among..." fits, you've likely selected on the dependent variable.
By Saturday night, Republican representatives joined with Democrats who control the General Asssembly to agree to a massive package of bills comprising a $40 billion budget.
Ethan BdMWe need to coin a new phrase to describe policymaking in Illinois. The "first worst”.
We've just imposed a large new registration fee on electric vehicles because "they don't pay the gas tax"!?!
The economy and incumbency drive presidential election outcomes.
Ethan BdMI predict this op-ed is going to annoy political scientists. For instance, this charming line:
"Fortunately, economists have worked hard to develop models for predicting election outcomes."
Fantastic and well-deserved news this morning with the Clark Medal being awarded to Emi Nakamura, who has recently moved from Columbia to Berkeley. Incredibly, Nakamura’s award is the first C…
Ethan BdMI believe the prize culture in economics is bad for the science. I wish they didn't have the Clark medal, Nobel Prize, etc. That said, one good thing about the big prizes is that they spark AFineTheorem to post, which is a cause for celebration.