Author profile: Patricia Sohn

Patricia J. Sohn is associate professor of political science and Jewish studies at the University of Florida She is a scholar of comparative politics with an expertise in micro-level and historical institutional analysis, particularly as they relate to the politics of the Middle East, comparative judicial politics, and the intersection of law, religion, and gender politics.  She is the editor of the e-textbook, Qualitative Comparative Politics.

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The Path to Authoritarianism: How do we get there?!

Authoritarian regimes are assessed through their use of judiciaries to give legitimacy to autocratic rule, reinforcing the importance of the separation of powers doctrine

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Why States-Rights States Can Take Responsibility for Their Own Catastrophes

Lawlessness is not just a state of mind. It is institutional ineptitude, grandstanding, and otherwise efforts to keep the law from being properly enforced.

Whither Iran?  A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

Whither Iran? A 21-year-old Reform Movement on the Brink of Success

It is about time to support the democratic movement in Iran in any way that we feasibly can. In this effort, context and local knowledge matter greatly.

Bounty≠Consumerism: An International, Aesthetic Christmas

Bounty≠Consumerism: An International, Aesthetic Christmas

Consumerism is all about Pride. Fighting consumerism in Christmas, ironically, can also be all about pride.

10th Anniversary Post – Why Faculty Use Blogs

10th Anniversary Post – Why Faculty Use Blogs

The fast publishing of the blogosphere is a wonderful venue for self-expression when you have something to say, so – make use of it! 

Why Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel – And Palestine

Why Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel – And Palestine

Rather than seeing the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, lobbyists for Palestinians should ask recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

The Nazi Movement Today: Our Cousins, Ourselves

The Nazi Movement Today: Our Cousins, Ourselves

It is about time that the white supremacists among us learn that they do not own the Right. Nor do they represent it.

Going Grassroots: Visiting the Foreign Locales of Arkansas and Southwest Texas

Going Grassroots: Visiting the Foreign Locales of Arkansas and Southwest Texas

Travelling through the Southwest of the USA reveals that there is much to learn about a local culture not yet homogenized by the great thrust of globalization.

What Do Karl Marx, Napoleon, and the Majlis Have in Common?

What Do Karl Marx, Napoleon, and the Majlis Have in Common?

Terms such as Political Science or Comparative Politics may carry many different significations at once. 

Is Trump the New Multicultural Internationalist?

Is Trump the New Multicultural Internationalist?

It is time for the Democrats to look at themselves in the mirror. Vanity, thy name is corruption. 

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