Political Science

What We Believe

The Niskanen Center’s political science work is dedicated to providing a clear-eyed view of the political and policy terrains. We believe that it is crucial to understand the landscape within which U.S. politics and public policy are made. We address questions such as: 

  • Can moderates win elections and–more importantly– enact balanced, thoughtful policies? 
  • How does polarization on the left and right influence trust in government? 
  • How does the media economy shape U.S. politics and public policy? 

Matt Grossmann’s Science of Politics podcast provides a biweekly digest of the latest research on these and other questions. We also feature work from political scientists like Steve Teles, Rob Saldin, Kal Munis, and others who explore how progressives, conservatives, and moderates are likely to organize and influence policy in the post-Trump, post-pandemic future, among other topics. 

We hope that Niskanen’s political science work encourages readers and listeners to avoid this pitfall and embrace a data-driven understanding of American politics and policymaking.

Our Experts

Adjunct Fellows

Didi Kuo
Stanford University
Teresa Bejan
Oxford University

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In the News

Op-Ed: The shirking Congress before the Supreme Court
February 25, 2022 • David Schoenbrod
Op-Ed: The Limits of Liberal Science
November 4, 2021 • Laura K. Field
Op-Ed: A moderate proposal
November 4, 2021 • Steven Teles,  Matt Yglesias
Op-Ed: Woke academics, Donald Trump and George Will’s ire
September 21, 2021 • Geoff Kabaservice