September 17, 2012
Political Scientists Find a Laboratory at Conventions
Ted Richardson for The Chronicle
Modern political conventions, it has been said, effectively amount to days-long infomercials for the parties' candidates.
This year was no exception, aside from Clint Eastwood's comedic ramblings and some last-minute discord among Democrats over a platform provision about Israel.
But in spite of the scripted grandstanding and political pageantry, the dozens of political-science students and professors who descended on Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention and
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