With academics increasingly coming under pressure to demonstrate that scholarship has real world impact, citation to government decisions seems informative. I took a few minutes to assemble some statistics on court citation to various journals. If you are not familiar with this resource, Washington & Lee Law Library offers an online tool to assess journals’ impact – both in academic writing and in court citation (i.e. how often has a journal’s articles been cited by a state or federal court). The tool provides information on a wide variety of legal journals and some from other disciplines. I’ve assembled below cumulative number of times various journals that might be familiar to political scientists are cited by state and federal courts from 2003-20011. As might be expected, most of the journals are law oriented. If you’re interested in this sort of information, then you can conduct your own analysis on their website. It even allows you to download your findings into an excel spreadsheet. I do not portray this analysis as being perfect- just my quick take. So, as the picture above suggests – take it all with a grain of salt. For comparison, Harvard Law Review has 2500+ for the time period. Continue reading
Being a member of congress can be pretty cool for a number of reasons. One reason is the air travel advantages they receive – like preferred parking and a free ‘shotgun’ approach to scheduling flights. Joshua Green of Bloomberg Business Week outlines these perks in “The Pampered World of Congressional Air Travel.” Continue reading
If you haven’t checked out Jerry Seinfeld’s new web show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee then you should – it’s a lot of fun. But a recent article in Grub Street NY (NY Mag) reveals that he’s only a recent convert to the joys of coffee. Here are three revealing insights he provides on his new found liquid friend:
- “When you go into 3 Guys Coffeeshop on Columbus, don’t complain that it’s not as good as Gimme! Coffee or Mudd or one of these places. Appreciate that for what that is. Know the difference, but don’t be a pain in the ass about it.”
- “We want to do a lot of stuff. We’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.”
- “Eating is annoying and difficult to arrange … meeting someone for coffee suddenly seemed like a wonderful, compact, accessible, and portable social interaction.”
Check out the rest here.
You can check out “Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk” by Dan Kahan (Yale law school) on SSRN. The abstract is available below the fold. Continue reading
Is told on Buzzfeed with a series of related photos. (Hint: there is a War on Drugs theme). As a side note, the photo above must be one of the most bizarre celebrity couple pictures I’ve ever seen.
Behold presidents with hats
And a cool video on presidents and hats after the jump! Continue reading
An interesting study by Alexander, Mazza & Scholz, “Measuring Rates of Return for Lobbying Expenditures: An Empirical Case Study of Tax Breaks For Multinational Corporations,” is provided on SSRN here. Or you can check an interesting graph on this general topic below: