Read my posts featuring American political scientist Professor Larry Sabato. He is co-author of the political classic The Party’s Just Begun.


1956 vs 1964 – a remarkable turnaround in US political fortunes and geography

When a political party gets walloped in an election, it clings on in the areas of its bedrock support. That happened in both the 1956 and 1964 US Presidential elections. … Read the full post »


What do the academics say? Ballot paper ordering

Welcome to a new occasional series covering what academics have to say about politics, elections and public opinion. As with most things in life, academic research comes in various flavours, including the good, the bad and the stating the bleeding obvious (though investigating ‘what everyone knows’ does have a role, as just sometimes it isn’t … Read the full post »