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PS140O: Projecting Power

Prof Wasow

2/14/23

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How to Write a Successful Paper

  • Good puzzle
    • Something that matters
    • Unexplained variation
  • Engage with prior theory
    • Join the conversation
    • Test a theory that travels
  • Be clear, be forthright
    • Aim for a causal story
    • Discuss limitations

Puzzle? Politics of Sin, Meier (1994)

What does it mean to engage with prior theory?

With Whom Are You in Conversation?



With Whom Are You in Conversation?





With Whom Are You in Conversation?

They Say, I Say



  • The single most important template that we focus on in this book is the “they say _______; I say _______” formula that gives our book its title. If there is any one point that we hope you will take away from this book, it is the importance not only of expressing your ideas (“I say”) but of presenting those ideas as a response to some other person or group (“they say”).

What does it mean to engage with prior theory?

Discussion:
What is Ganz’ puzzle?

Let’s hear from: Kim, Sehee, Fatema, Junshik

Part of Ganz’ Puzzle


  • “Why did the UFW succeed at such a daunting task—a task at which other far more powerful organizations had repeatedly failed?”

  • Why was it that “the UFW, and not the AFL-CIO or the Teamsters, each with far more resources, which translated these opportunities into success.”

Discussion:
Who is Ganz’ ‘They Say’?

Let’s hear from: Charlotte, Celine, Katherine, Lizbeth

They Say: Liberal Coalition

They Say: Message

They Say: Redefinition of Conflict

They Say: César Chávez

What is Ganz’ ‘Causal Story’?

Questions?