Category Archives: sociology

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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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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GOP lacks intellectual capital

There is a lot of talk about the “Republican brand problem.” I think this focus is imprecise. The problem facing the GOP is a problem of capital — namely, a lack of social and intellectual capital. The social capital problem … Continue reading

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We now better account for intellectual property and intangible assets

On July 31, 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised the way it measures GDP, with the goal first and foremost “to better measure the effects of innovation and intangible assets on the economy.” Specifically, this means, among other things, … Continue reading

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What is at stake and why GOP is irresponsible to put debt-default on the table

It is time to envision possible scenarios resulting from a failure to raise the debt ceiling. At this point I don’t find it likely that such a breach will happen. I still find it most likely that, after weeks of … Continue reading

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On the political sociology of Samuel Huntington

Twenty years ago, in the Summer of 1993, the esteemed and controversial political scientist Samuel Huntington published his famous essay, “The Clash of Civilizations?” His thesis had two parts. First, It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict … Continue reading

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