Why California could decide the outcome of the 2020 democratic primaries

ThinkProgress quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about the role of early presidential primaries in winnowing the field. “I do think the early states will help winnow the field,” Christian Grose, a professor at University of Southern California (USC), told ThinkProgress. Grose noted that even if 10 candidates drop out by the time…

How California is building its own wall of resistance against Trump

CBC Radio Canada quoted Christian Grose of the USC Dornsife College about California’s shift more to the left with Gavin Newsom as the state’s governor. California’s new governor seems “a little bit more partisan” than his predecessor, Jerry Brown, according to Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California who studies partisanship.   Full article here

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…