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  • "Outside analysts tend to discuss France’s election season as though its presidency works just like the one in the United States — the president heads the executive branch, controls government ministries and wields important legislative powers. None of this is the case in France — at least, not unless...

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  • "Some early evidence suggests the march may have widened the divide among liberals and conservatives in their views of scientists but not, crucially, toward the research they conduct," writes Government Professor Brendan Nyhan in this column for the New York Times. 

  • Associate Professor of Government Sonu Bedi has been named the inaugural Hans ’80 and Kate Morris Director of the Ethics Institute.

    Bedi has taken the helm of the Ethics Institute as it seeks to enhance its intellectual presence on campus and across higher education by increasing engagement with faculty and students who are exploring important intellectual questions about...

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  • Harry Enten '11 will be visiting campus on Friday, February 3, 4:00 PM at Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall to discuss how Trump won, if the polls were really wrong, and whether President Trump is unstoppable. Enten is a senior political analyst/writer, "FiveThirtyEight's Whiz Kid" and former government honors student. He studies polling and demographic trends to try and tell readers who and why candidates and parties win and lose elections. The talk is co-sponsored by Government, TDI, and QSS...

  • "Will the study of politics, a social science, become as politicized as that of climate science and other “hard’’ sciences?"

    “That’s a good analogy,’’ Michael Herron, the Dartmouth government professor who co-authored the report, said this week. “We approached this as a science problem involving statistical analysis of elections. We weren’t working for anyone. We think this sort of study should be performed after every national election.’’

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  • "I think it's a recipe for disaster," said Daniel Benjamin, who served in senior White House and State Department counter-terrorism posts under Democratic presidents. Benjamin, now at Dartmouth College, said there was a "strong chance" people would leave and they have "tremendous value" to the private sector. Read more in this...

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  • "In 2009, Sean Westwood, then a Stanford Ph.D. student, discovered that partisanship was one of the most powerful forces in American life. He got annoyed with persistent squabbles among his friends, and he noticed that they seemed to be breaking along partisan lines, even when they concerned issues that ostensibly had nothing to do with politics." Read more in this NYT article.

  • What kind of society should we aim to have, and why? Are there objectively right answers to these questions, or are there ultimately only answers that are correct relative to a given social/historical framework?  These are the questions at the core of David Plunkett and Russell Muirhead’s course, Current Research in Social/Political Philosophy, winner of the 2016 Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching at Dartmouth. Read more in...

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  • The majority of national plebiscites are not generated by citizen support, but rather imposed by seated representatives to rubber stamp controversial policies, says Assistant Professor Jeremy Ferwerda in this New York Times opinion piece

  • The 2016 presidential race presents countless exceptions to the textbook outline of how a national political campaign is waged, say Dartmouth government professors who have taught politics through many election cycles. Read more in this article...

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