john griffin

Deprivation in the Midst of Plenty: Citizen Polarization and Political Protest

June 25, 2020

John D. Griffin, Chad Kiewiet de Jonge, and Vania Ximena Velasco-Guachalla Published: 2020, British Journal of Political Science Abstract: This article elaborates relative deprivation theory to a societal level to argue that political unrest is rooted in the polarization of citizens' grievance judgments, rather than the mean level of societal...

The Dynamic American Dream

June 19, 2020

By: Jennifer Wolak University of Colorado Boulder, David A.M. Peterson Iowa State University Published 21 April 2020 Abstract: The American Dream is central to the national ethos, reflecting people's optimism that all who are willing to work hard can achieve a better life than their parents. Separate from the support...

john griffin

Class War in the Voting Booth: Bias Against High-Income Congressional Candidates.

June 18, 2020

John D. Griffin, Brian Newman, and Patrick Buhr Published: 2020, Legislative Studies Quarterly 45(1) Abstract: Do Americans care how much money congressional candidates earn? We conducted three experiments to examine how candidates' incomes affect voters' perceptions of the candidates' traits and ultimately their vote intention. Subjects evaluated otherwise identical candidates...

Sven Steinmo

Historical institutionalism the cognitive foundations of cooperation

June 17, 2020

Sven Steinmo, University of Colorado Boulder Published: 2020 Abstract: This essay argues that in order to understand how institutions shape political choices and history we should go further toward understanding the interactive relationships between institutions and the cognitive mind. The article explores the significant body of research and literature developing...

Steve Chan

China and Thucydides’s Trap

June 16, 2020

Steve Chan, University of Colorado Boulder Published: 2020 Abstract: The power-transition theory has been in vogue lately. Sometimes described as Thucydides's Trap, it claims that when a rising power catches up to an incumbent hegemon, the danger of war between them increases. Should we accept this claim? How compelling is...

Steve Chan

Thucydides’s Trap? Historical Interpretation, Logic of Inquiry, and the Future of Sino-American Relations

June 16, 2020

Steve Chan, University of Colorado Boulder Published: 2020 Abstract: The Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE) ostensibly arose because of the fear that a rising Athens would threaten Sparta’s power in the Mediterranean. The idea of Thucydides’ Trap warns that all rising powers threaten established powers. As China increases its power relative...