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Robert Luskin

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Michigan

Robert Luskin

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Biography

Professor Luskin has taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana University, l'Université de Paris I (la Sorbonne), and Princeton University, and in the ICPSR Summer Program at the University of Michigan, the ECPR Summer School at the University of Essex, and the Summer School on Advanced Methods in the Social Sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana.  He has also been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and Chercheur Associé at the Centre d'Etude de la Vie Politique Française in Paris; and is currently Research Advisor at the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, and Director of the Center for Deliberative Opinion Research at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Texas Poll and of the Editorial Boards of Political Analysis and the American Political Science Review.

His general interests include public opinion, voting behavior, political psychology, and statistical methods, and he has long been particularly interested in the effects of political information on the texture and outcomes of representative democracy.  Among other projects, he is using Deliberative Polling in the U.S. and abroad to examine the empirical dimensions of deliberative democracy and is working on a study of political information in France.  He has published papers on these and other topics in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and other scholarly journals.

Publications

Luskin, Robert C. and John G. Bullock.  2011.  "Don't Know" Means :"Don't Know":  DK Responses and the Public's Level of Political Knowledge.  Journal of Politics, 73 (2): 547-557.

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Farrar, Cynthia, James S. Fishkin, Donald P. Green, Christian List, Robert C. Luskin, and Elizabeth L. Paluck.  2010.  “Disaggregating Deliberation’s Effects:  An Experiment within a Deliberative Poll.”  British Journal of Political Science, 40: 333-347.

Fishkin, James S., Baogang He, Robert C. Luskin, and Alice Siu.  2010.  “Deliberative Democracy in an Unlikely Place: Deliberative Polling in China.”  British Journal of Political Science, 40   Pages: 435-448. 

 

Farrar, Cynthia, James S. Fishkin, Donald P. Green, Christian List, Robert C. Luskin, and Elizabeth L. Paluck.  2010.  “Disaggregating Deliberation’s Effects:  An Experiment within a Deliberative Poll.”  British Journal of Political Science, 40: 333-347. 

Fishkin, James S., György Lengyel, Robert C. Luskin, and Alice Siu.  The Kaposvár Deliberative Poll:  Considered Opinions on Unemployment.  In György Lengyel (ed.), Deliberative Methods in Local Survey Research:  The Kaposvár Experiences.  Budapest, Hungary:  Új Mandßtum, 2009. 

Luskin, Robert C.  “Wouldn’t It Be Nice …?  The Automatic Unbiasedness of OLS (and GLS).”  Political Analysis, 16 (2008):  345-349. 

Fishkin, James S. and Robert C. Luskin (2006, January) Broadcasts of Deliberative Polls: Aspirations and Effects. British Journal of Political Science, 36, 184-188.

Fishkin, James S. and Robert C. Luskin (2005, September) Experimenting with a Democratic Ideal: Deliberative Polling and Public Opinion. Acta Politica, 40, 284-298.

Luskin, R. (2004) Sondage et Démocratie. In Pascal Ardilly (ed.), . Paris: Dunod.

Luskin, Robert C. (2003) The Heavenly Public: What Would the Ideal Democratic Citizenry Be Like?. In Michael B. MacKuen & George Rabinowitz (eds.), Electoral Democracy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Brady, Henry E., James S. Fishkin, and Robert C. Luskin (2003, June) Informed Public Opinion about Foreign Policy: The Uses of Deliberative Polling. Brookings Review, 21, 16-19.

Luskin, Robert C. (2002) Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and Politics: Questions of Aggregation, Causal Distance, and Taste. In James H. Kuklinski (Ed.), Thinking about Political Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Luskin, Robert C. (2002) From Denial to Extenuation (and Finally Beyond): Political Sophistication and Citizen Performance. In James H. Kuklinski (Ed.), Thinking about Political Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Luskin, Robert C., James S. Fishkin, and Roger Jowell (2002, July) Considered Opinions: Deliberative Polling in Britain. British Journal of Political Science, 32, 455-487.

Fishkin, James S. and Robert C. Luskin (2000) The Quest for Deliberative Democracy. In Michael Saward (Ed.), Democratic Innovation: Deliberation, Association, and Representation. London: Routledge.

Fishkin, James S. and Robert C. Luskin (1999) Bringing Deliberation to the Democratic Dialogue: The NIC and Beyond. In Maxwell McCombs (Ed.), A Poll with a Human Face: The National Issues Convention Experiment in Political Communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Luskin, Robert C., Christopher N. Bratcher, Chistopher G. Jordan,Tracy K. Renner, and Kris S. Seago (1994, May) Judicial Retention Elections and the Retention of Minority Judges. Judicature, 77, 316-321.

Luskin, Robert C. (1991, November) Abusus Non Tollit Usum: Standardized Coefficients, Correlations and R2s. American Journal of Political Science, 35, 1032-1046.

Luskin, Robert C. (1991, March) R-Squared Encore. The Political Methodologist, 4, 21-23.

Luskin, Robert C. (1990, December) Explaining Political Sophistication. Political Behavior, 12, 331-361.

Luskin, Robert C., John P. McIver, , and Edward G. Carmines (1989, May) Issues and the Transmission of Partisanship. American Journal of Political Science, 33, 440-458.

Cassel, Carol A. and Robert C. Luskin (1988, December) Simple Explanations of Turnout Decline. American Political Science Review, 82, 1321-1330.

Luskin, Robert C. (1987, November) Measuring Political Sophistication. American Journal of Political Science, 31, 856-899.

Luskin, Robert C. (1984, September) Looking for R2: Measuring Explanation outside OLS. Political Methodology, 10(4), 513-532.

Luskin, Robert C. (1978, May) Estimating and Interpreting Correlations Between Disturbances and Residual Path Coefficients in Nonrecursive (and Recursive) Causal Models. American Journal of Political Science, 22, 444-478.

Appendices

DK Means DK -- Appendix A

DK Means DK -- Appendix B

DK Means DK -- Appendix C

DK Means DK Codebook

DK Means DK Data

DK Means DK Questionnaire

DK Means DK Final Report

Memo (rev.): Increase in % vs % Increase vs % Reduction in Error

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