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Faithless Electors and Political Time

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Shana Kushner Gadarian and Danielle Thomsen have a terrific reading list of what classic and cutting-edge political science has to say about the 2016 presidential election. 

2. Scott Lemieux on the Electoral College. I'm a (mild) Electoral College defender -- but I agree with him about faithless electors; to the extent the system overall can be justified, it depends on the electors themselves doing what the voters told them to do. 

3. Donald Zinman at the Monkey Cage on following a popular president

4. Richard Kreitner interviews Stephen Skowronek about how Donald Trump fits in "political time." As I've said before, I'm extremely skeptical of Skowronek's claims about cyclical predictability, but I think his insights about the partisan context that presidents must live in are very helpful. That said: His comparison of Trump and Jimmy Carter seems like a good one.

5. Phillip Carter and Loren DeJonge Schulman on the good and bad of placing generals in the new administration.

6. And at Bloomberg Gadfly, Brooke Sutherland on the Carrier deal.

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