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Tracking the reds and blues - Feature Stories
December 2012 Issue
Keith Poole’s pioneering statistical analysis has been admired by political scientists for decades. This year, however, his notoriety moved beyond academia and into the mainstream media spotlight, and for good reason: Poole’s work not only changes the way we understand Congress and how it works, but it also raises the alarm of how Congress will address—or fail to address—an impending national economic disaster reminiscent of the Great Depression. It was perfect election season fodder. “We’re more famous than ever now,” says Poole, the Philip H. Alston Jr. Distinguished Chair in the School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of Political Science. “I think it’s finally broken through to the popular press because of all these bloggers, like [New York Times’] Nate Silver, [Washington Post’s] Ezra Klein. It spread and took off. Academics have known it a long time, and our work is in the textbooks starting around 2000, 2001.” With Howard Rosenthal, politics professor at New York University, Poole in the …
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