Political Scientists Cover the Election in a New Book, Published in Real Time

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When most political scientists sit down to write a book about a presidential election, they must submit their work through a vigorous vetting process, only for it to emerge months after the campaign season is far in the dust and the election has come to a close.

But in a new approach to asking the question, “How did the winner win?” a book titled "The Gamble" offers a real-time analysis of the election. The book is being updated as the campaign unfolds, and draws upon data about the economy, public opinion, and news coverage. The first two chapters are available electronically now, and the remainder of the book will come out as the campaign unfolds.

The authors of The Gamble are John Sides, associate professor of political science at George Washington University, and Lynn Vavreck, associate professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA.