Sociology professor seeks assistant for research on third party ballot access. Most Americans want a new major party, but given the obstacles, third-party advocates often argue that such a party can only develop from the bottom-up, one step and place at a time. This study explores where and how election rules make it easier for that to happen. Specifically, it seeks to identify the places where a minor party can compete for state legislative seats without having to spend a lot of time, energy and resources getting and maintaining statewide ballot status. The research will involve collecting and interpreting relevant information from ballot access websites and possibly phone conversations with staff in Secretary of State offices. The published results of this investigation could help third parties focus on becoming more electorally successful, which may increase their ability to gain power and expand American democracy. Applicants should be interested in making such a civic contribution.
Location: This could be done from anywhere in the US, though living in the greater Boston area could be useful. The professor is based near Cambridge, MA while on sabbatical.
Time commitment: It should be at least 8 hours a week but could be more if desired. Specific hours and days would be flexible. It would require at least a 2 month commitment for a period during the summer and/or fall of 2021. Start and end dates would be flexible.
Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in electoral and third party politics, some research experience, and sufficient free time to make the necessary commitment. Political experience or course work could be helpful.
Sociology professor seeks assistant for research on third party ballot access. Most Americans want a new major party, but given the obstacles, third-party advocates often argue that such a party can only develop from the bottom-up, one step…
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