Learning from each other: causal inference and American political development

  • Jeffery A. JenkinsEmail author
  • Nolan McCarty
  • Charles StewartIII


Within political science, a movement focused on increasing the credibility of causal inferences (CIs) has gained considerable traction in recent years. While CI has been incorporated extensively into most disciplinary subfields, it has not been applied often in the study of American political development (APD). This special issue considers ways in which scholars of CI and APD can engage in mutually beneficial ways to produce better overall research. As the contributions to the symposium demonstrate, clear scientific gains are to be had from greater CI–APD engagement.


Causal inference American political development Gains from engagement 

JEL Classification

C18 N41 N42 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Price School of Public PolicyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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