Researchers gather to discuss methods for causal arguments in the study of the history of American Politics

by Nathan K. Micatka and Nicholas Napolio 

While the field of political science may seem staid to outsiders, it has evolved significantly in terms of research methods over the last 40 years. The behaviorally based studies that dominated in the 1970s gave rise to the subfield of American Political Development (APD) in the 1980s as a way to more fully realize and incorporate the study of history and institutions. APD scholars made narrative-based causal arguments to understand the history of American politics. Over the past decade, a trend toward more data-oriented studies of causal relationships has emerged …

Tracking 101: How (constantly) taping candidates has changed our politics

North Country Public Radio quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College on the tracking of politicians. Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, said the practice of tracking political players on tape has spread pretty far from its roots. “One of the very first ones I can remember that was…

California’s ‘Top-Two’ Primary: Here’s How It All Works

The New York Times quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about California’s top-two primary system. Christian Grose, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California, who is writing a book on the top-two system, said the concern was “overblown” and the scenario feared by critics would, in all likelihood, rarely…

How an Abundance of Democratic Candidates Could Help the G.O.P. Hold the House

The New York Times quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about California’s top-two primary system and how that may disadvantage Democratic challengers. Christian Grose, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California, who is writing a book on the system, said that by his count, there had been 159 congressional…

Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system

The Kansas City Star cited research by Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose of the USC Price School’s Schwarzenegger Institute and colleagues on how independent voters will impact future elections. Grose is also affiliated with the USC Dornsife College. Election laws vary greatly from state to state in everything from open/closed primaries to ballot qualifications, but…