Friday, October 9, 2009

Coburn: For Political "Science" Before He Was Against It

. Friday, October 9, 2009

A few days back I posted about Sen. Coburn's attempt to remove NSF funding for political "scientists" (scare quotes courtesy of Coburn). Well, it turns out that just last year Coburn's web site reprinted an article from the newspaper of William and Mary that sang the praises of academic political "science" research.

Of course, the article doesn't mention whether that work was NSF-supported or not clearly states that the project was supported by the NSF, but Coburn's entire justification for pulling NSF funding was that political "science" isn't capital-S Science at all, generates no added value above what cable news provides, and therefore is not worthy of NSF funding. Last year he seemed to have a different view.

(ht: Jenn)


Thomas Oatley said...

"The whip count project is funded by a large grant from the National Science Foundation and has received additional funding from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma and the Roy R. Charles Center of the College of William and Mary."

Coburn: For Political "Science" Before He Was Against It




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