Rudalevige: Bowdoin’s ‘Founding Principles’ Series Aims to Tackle ‘Constitutional Illiteracy’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

Writing in his regular Monkey Cage blog in the Washington Post, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, expressed dismay over the level of public ignorance in the US over constitutional issues.

To try and tackle this “constitutional illiteracy,” Monkey Cage is publishing Rudalevige’s “Founding Principles” video series every Tuesday over the summer. The first of the fifteen episodes deals with what he describes as “the most basic of the Constitution’s principles: the separation of powers.”

Read Rudalevige’s latest Monkey Cage political science blog, which features the first of the “Founding Principles” series.

Bowdoin’s Franz, Others, Criticize Facebook’s Refusal to Disclose Political Ad Data (Reuters)

Prof. Franz says there’s no capacity to track political advertising on Facebook

Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz was among a number of political researchers quoted in a Reuters article about Facebook’s refusal to reveal information about political advertising posted on its web pages. Political scientists argue that data showing details on ad frequency, expenditure and viewers reached, should be transparent, both to enhance research and prevent fraud.

“We don’t have the capacity right now to track it,” said Franz, “and nobody does, as far as we can tell.” Facebook told Reuters that such data remain confidential under its corporate policy, “which is the same for political advertising as for commercial.”

Analysis by Rudalevige: ‘Happy (Belated) Birthday, Watergate Break-in’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Noting that this past weekend marked the 45th anniversary of Watergate — the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the office building bearing that name — Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige breaks down the “high crimes and misdemeanors” the burglary prompted or revealed.

Read Rudalevige’s piece for Monkey Cage, the Washington Post political science blog.