Scholarship of Discovery
“Are you politically left or right?” Students of politics cringe at how reductionist a simple political spectrum is. This is why early on in politics classes students learn how to expand the one dimension to two. Attitudes on social and economic regulation can show students the inconsistencies of Republicans and Democrats, and introduce Libertarians and Communitarians as consistent counterparts. What comes about when we add a foreign affairs axis to the social and economic regulation axes? This project adds that foreign affairs axis to our conventional 2-D graph, thus making a 3-D cube of political attitudes. We then find that this third axis is quite independent of the other two with only 3 of 22 political answers significantly related to the 11 foreign affairs answers respondents give.
Claborn, David and Tobias, Lindsey, "If You Can't Join 'Em, Don't : Untangling Attitudes on Social, Economic and Foreign Issues by Graphing Them" (2015). Faculty Scholarship – Political Science. 3.