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Tuesday Morning Linkage

November 6, 2012

  • US citizens who haven’t voted early should exercise axiological rationality and cast their ballots. If you live in Maryland, please consider voting “yes” on Question 6.
  • John Sides takes umbrage at Michael Gerson’s attacks on political science. If you squint hard enough at Gerson’s arguments then his criticisms of qualitative-content analysis might make sense. Regardless, it seems to me that Gerson has it backwards: more mathematical and statistical literacy would likely reduce (not increase) the amount of vacuous horse-race prognostication and therefore enhance media coverage of substance.
  • Outside the Beltway has a nice prediction thread that also rounds up peer-blogger guesses.
  • My partner is out of the country, and my daughter can’t stay up super late, so I‘ll probably be on twitter tonight.

And, of course, since the US election isn’t the only thing going on:

  • Justin Gengler has, as always, interesting things to say about the state of political contention in the Gulf. See also Marc Lynch.
  • Anthony Elghossain has a guest post at Democracy Arsenal on political instability and assassinations in Lebanon.
  • Jeremy Weate writes “a Polemic Against NGOs and the Destruction of Local Innovation.”
  • Pablo at The Disorder of Things discusses “female terrain systems: engagement officers, militarism, and lady flows.”
  • William Shatner discusses the Shatoetry app with Leigh Alexander.
  • David Herter has rereleased October Dark. I haven’t read it, but our readers Should. Go. Read. Ceres Storm. Now. I’ll publish the podcast interview with David sometime in the next few months at the New Books Network.
  • Speaking of which, much positive feedback on the Alastair Reynolds interview, which includes a fair amount of political science-type stuff. Go listen.
  • LFC (whom I didn’t get to talk to ISA-NE) says that Michael Mann has published the third volume of the Sources of Social Power. Amazon confirms. I think this must be a hoax.
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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.