New research in @nature: When faced with problems, we have a bias to add, tinker, and create nuance rather than make things simpler.
Combine with status quo bias, and it explains why policymakers build more complex systems even when simpler is better.…
My work w @pamela_herd focuses a lot on the politics of administrative burdens. There are of course other potential reasons why such systems emerge, including the idea that the designers of systems are insensitive to or unaware of the costs they impose on others.
This paper adds another potential source of burdens: we are inherently hard wired to look to add to existing systems rather than subtract to a simpler solution. Would love to see replicated with policy/administrative experimental topics.…

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9 Apr
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To be clear, Vance is choosing to jump into defend Carlson when Carlson is getting some heat for being a bit more explicit than usual in his support of white nationalism, endorsing the Great Replacement theory. This is the cause Vance wants to associate with as a GOP candidate.
Vance won't specifically endorse Replacement Theory. Instead, he uses Carlson's technique of saying that some shadowy elite* is silencing him - and you!

*elite does not include Ivy League educated lawyers and venture capitalists supported by billionaires.
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9 Apr
The line of reasoning here is that its ok to study race, gender etc. but its been done poorly. To accept this you have to have just an incredibly blinkered knowledge of what social science actually produces. (Blinkered enough to be cheering on an authoritarian attacking campus).
If your taste is for rigorous causal research on discrimination, thats fine. There is plenty of it that shows the type of pattern of discrimination that the anti-CRT crowd are claiming is made up. But they never engage with this research.… Image
If you are applauding how Victor Orban manages universities, you are cheering on one part of a broader strategy by an authoritarian to silence dissenting thought. He is doing the same thing for media & civic life. Don't pretend you support free inquiry.
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7 Apr
In the name of free speech, and viewpoint diversity, the government wants to survey the beliefs of individual faculty and students and "fix" the problem if they don't provide the right answers.
This bill appears to be an update of legislation proposed in 2019, which I discussed then. Same arguments apply (thread)
The problem with framing "viewpoint diversity" as a public value is that invites policymakers pursue it. Here, policymakers are explicit in saying that if (as we already know) students and faculty are mostly liberal, that is a problem that must be fixed.
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7 Apr
People associate "passport" with "government" and so the use of "vaccine passports" invokes the idea of govt control. That is not really what is happening.
Private organizations - and consumers - are generating a demand for a mechanism to reduce frictions while ensuring safety.
It is legal for private organizations to place conditions on access to their products, and the federal government has been very clear it is not the one mandating any sort of mandatory passport.…
But collectively we would be better off if each company did not have its own vaccine app. So, there is a demand for federal regulation to address reliability, integrity and privacy questions.…
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6 Apr
This piece from @jbouie makes clear what should be obvious, but which we are still arguing about: that facially neutral rules have disparate effects in voting. 1/…
This disparate effects of facially neutral rules is clear if you look at the history of US elections. When @pamela_herd & I wrote about administrative burdens in voting it was essential to take a historical view.
As more overt forms of discrimination became illegal, states relied more on grants of discretion to local officials that they could assume would generate disparate impact. This still happens. Disparate employment of administrative discretion arguably determined the 2000 election!
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5 Apr
Trump called for a ban on Coke 3 days ago.

How is that going?
Whenever you hear the accusation that someone is not sufficiently respectful of Trump supporters, just remember that no-one holds them in lower esteem than Trump himself.
The funniest thing about this is that Miller just wrote a long thread calling on the head of the MLB to resign (or cancelling him, as the kids say), and then inadvertently exposes the fact Trump can't be bothered to commit to his own Coke boycott.
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