James W. Ceaser

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James Ceaser is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and director of the Program for Constitutionalism and Democracy. He is the author of several books on American politics and American political thought, including Presidential Selection (Princeton University Press, 1979), Reconstructing America (Yale University Press, 1997), and Nature and History in American Political Development (Harvard University Press, 2006) ), and Designing a Polity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, Oxford University, the University of Basel, and the University of Bordeaux. He is a frequent contributor to the popular press, most recently the Weekly Standard and the National Review.

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Eleven Nine

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Monday, November 21, 2016

Americans awoke on the morning of 11/9 to a different political world. There is only one word to explain what happened, and it is called democracy.

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The 269-To-269 Nightmare Scenario: What Would Happen Next If Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Tie In The Electoral College

by James W. Ceaser, Mark J. Rozellvia New York Daily News
Friday, November 4, 2016

Unless circumstances change yet again, the country appears headed toward a close presidential election outcome.

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Putin May Have Plans For Both Trump And Hillary

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Conspiracy theories vs. Occam's razor.

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Do Party Platforms Still Matter?

by Daniel Disalvo, James W. Ceaservia The Atlantic
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Despite their waning influence over the years, the process leading up to the 2016 national conventions has underscored intra-party conflicts.

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Where the Left Is Going

by James W. Ceaservia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

The long, strange trip of progressivism.

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The Facts and the Furious

by James W. Ceaservia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

Disagreements—and insults. Presidential politics, on the boil.

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Thinking The Unthinkable

by James W. Ceaser, Oliver Wardvia The Weekly Standard
Monday, May 9, 2016

How to survive a Trump presidency.

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Anger Management

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Monday, March 7, 2016

Anger is all the rage these days in American politics. A recent New York Times column bore the headline “The Year of the Angry Voter," while an earlier Washington Post story read "It's Not Just Trump: Voter Anger Fuels Outsider Candidates."

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A New Era In Conservative Politics: The Tea Party's Lasting Influence

by Stephen F. Hayes, James W. Ceaser, Mike Needhamvia Heritage Foundation
Friday, February 19, 2016

Less a new, independent movement than a reinvigoration of conservatism, the Tea Party has transformed American politics. It has reestablished the centrality of the U.S. Constitution in public discourse, made the federal debt a national-level question, and resurrected the necessity of holding elected officials accountable to their constituencies. 

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What Next For The Left?

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Monday, February 8, 2016

A strange period has now passed into history. Captivated by a presidential campaign in 2008, Americans by the millions came to believe that a new leader would be able to produce more than a transformed society and an era of world peace. Politics could be extended beyond its ordinary boundaries and bring about a spiritual renewal.

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