Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dreaded Perspectives

Jeffrey Isaac was one of my favorite instructors during my undergraduate days at Indiana University long ago. He does an excellent job editing the APSA journal Perspectives on Politics. Along with interesting articles, Perspectives contains book reviews. Lots of them. Every quarter my RSS … Continue reading

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Returning to China’s Urbanization

Thanks to Bill Bishop and others, my post on China’s urbanization and democracy, Urbanization Won’t Drive Chinese Democracy, has had something of a second life. I wanted to take the opportunity then to connect that piece and my other arguments to the recent … Continue reading

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Meanings of Means

Social scientists tend to propose and test hypotheses of the following type: Hypothesis: As [our explanatory variable] increases, [our outcome variable] also increases, all else equal. The way that hypotheses of this sort are tested is by compiling a large … Continue reading

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Bias and Manipulation

I am on the record as having doubts about the validity of some official Chinese economic statistics. Provincial level GDP growth rates jump at moments of political turnover in excess of their electricity consumption and after controlling for other economic … Continue reading

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