Bruce E. Cain
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After The Debates
The Democrats vs. Trump’s Electoral Strategy

Keep an eye on the big picture: Trump may not need to win the popular vote to earn a second Presidential term—especially if the Democrats neglect the Electoral College.

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Game Theory 101
Will Trump Bluff His Way to Reelection?

From a purely electoral perspective, a visible effort to deliver on campaign promises usually beats not trying, and winning even minor concessions is typically better than ending up with nothing at all.

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(James Gillray, Art Institute of Chicago)
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Brexit’s Democracy Lesson

Asking “the people” to do the job of governing, even for an incompetent representative government, is asking for even more trouble.

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(Art Institute of Chicago)
Popular Indecision
America’s Immigration Ambivalence

The reason immigration politics are so intractable is that America can’t make up its mind about what sort of immigrants it wants.

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Institutional Reform
A Remedy for Government Shutdowns: “No Play, No Pay.”

Right now, members of Congress have few financial incentives to compromise in the face of government shutdowns. A constitutional amendment could change that.

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An Inconvenient Truth
The Downside of Highly Contested Elections

It is often assumed that more democratic contestation means better democracy. But too much of a good thing can be bad.

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Coalition Building
Tactical Illusions and Split 
Outcomes

Despite all the talk of partisan gerrymandering and electoral unfairness, the number one priority for both parties should be building broad, sustainable coalitions.

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Midterm Watch
A Me-First President in a #MeToo Era

Can Republicans withstand the threat of a coming blue wave?

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Not So Simple
Burning Questions in the West

It’s not just the politics of climate change prevention that are knotty in the United States. Adaptation is proving just as difficult.

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Social (Media) Democracy
In Facebook We Trust?

There are those who believe we are better off letting high tech executives like Mark Zuckerberg make critical decisions about our democracy. I, for one, am skeptical.

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