Author: Dave Brockington

Born in San Jose, grew up in Seattle, received a Ph.D. in poli sci from University of Washington in 2000. I worked for three years at Universiteit Twente in Enschede, Netherlands, and have worked at the University of Plymouth for 16 academic years now in Plymouth, United Kingdom. I also currently serve as joint campaign coordinator for the Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Constituency Labour Party.
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A couple weeks ago, I discussed a fantasy world where not only did the Democrats win the trifecta, but I argue that they should use this power to redress institutional biases in the US Senate and the Supreme Court. There’s a reasonable chance for the trifecta, and likewise a decent chance for statehood for DC, […]

Apollo 13

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On April 14, 2020

In the midst of everything else going on right now, it’s also the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, and I’m going to use this as an excuse to write about something a bit different

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Spoiler alert: there isn’t one. In the event of the incapacitation of the executive, there is no constitutional “Plan-B”. I was told that the Cabinet Manual might cover it, which is perhaps the closest that the British have to an operations manual for the government. However, a skim of its 11 chapters and 100+ pages […]
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