The Monkey Cage

About the Monkey Cage

*From the Washington Post

What is The Monkey Cage?

H.L. Mencken said “Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” The Monkey Cage’s mission is to connect political scientists and the political conversation by creating a compelling forum, developing publicly focused scholars, and building an informed audience. Here, political scientists draw on their own expertise and the discipline’s research to illuminate the news, inform civic discussion, and make some sense of the circus that is politics.

Ultimately, we want the political conversation to reflect timely, accessible, and sound research from a publicly oriented political science discipline and to be less dominated by evidence-free arguments. We seek to help policymakers, political observers, and the concerned public understand the academic knowledge related to their decisions and debates.


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Henry Farrell

Professor Henry Farrell is one of the contributing writers of the Monkey Cage and a Professor at IISTP.