Trump, Branding, Election 2020

A new experiment gives answers

by William Resh (@billresh), Tima Moldogaziev, and John Marvel

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, columnist Jamelle Bouie — an outlier of excellence on a typically ridiculous roster of pabulum and the occasional bedbug — put forward a compelling proposition on why, despite a definitive loss, Trump did better in the 2020 election than what experts generally expected in the polls. Bouie posits an alternative narrative that “accounts for the president’s relative improvement as well as that of the entire Republican Party.”

“It’s the money, stupid.” — Jamelle Bouie

Bouie writes that low-information voters needed only one rather tangible…


By Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University; Oliver James, University of Exeter; Asmus Olsen, University of Copenhagen; and Gregg Van Ryzin, Rutgers University

As surprising numbers came out for the US job market Friday, indicating actual employment gains in the month of May, speculation on the accuracy of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reemerged along predictable party lines. How do these differences in perceptions materialize? What are their implications to good governance?

Governments produce lots and lots of data about their performance. In fact, it is perhaps the most widely adopted reform in the public sector in the last few decades…

William Resh

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Governance @USCPrice; I study bureaucracy & the politics of policy implementation.

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