Category Archives: qualitative sociology of economics and politics

Discretionary spending under Democratic and Republican Administrations, Reagan-Obama

Data for the graph above and the following observations come from table 5.6, found here. If you look at the above graph you see that under Republican administrations, discretionary spending tends to go up. Under Democratic administrations, discretionary spending tends … Continue reading

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Obama should not lend his name to any entitlement cuts

From today’s NY Times report on the “civil war” in the GOP: “You have to have a specific agenda,” said Jeff Bell, a policy director in the 1976 Reagan campaign, citing the supply-side tax cuts that were so in vogue … Continue reading

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Debt-ceiling deal appears imminent

Jonathan Chait is exhorting us to “stop fretting: the debt-ceiling crisis is over!” And indeed, it appears Speaker Boehner is finally willing to bring a vote to the House floor, even if it is the Senate bill, and even if … Continue reading

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Three days till debt-ceiling breach

What would it take to foster an actually thriving domestic labor market? What kind of political and policy relationship between government and private industry would it take? I am of the mind these questions, or variants of them, should represent … Continue reading

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Four days till debt-ceiling breach

What do you need to know about US politics? How about this: The policies it would take to foster an actually thriving labor market are not on the table. But unprovoked debt default is. The Republicans are no longer interested … Continue reading

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A discussion on in-depth interviews. What are they good for?

I have been reading an interesting internet discussion on the analytical efficacy of in-depth interviews, based around this paper by Samuel Lucas. Two other sociologists — Andrew Perrin here, and Fabio Rojas here and here — provide responses. I feel no need … Continue reading

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The business elite is letting GOP put domestic economic sabotage on the negotiating table

There is a piece of knowledge emerging in which the Republicans are no longer the party of Big Business. Statements of this knowledge can be found in BusinessWeek, National Review, and the Washington Examiner. It is based on the view that the … Continue reading

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