Welcome

Welcome to the official website for Samuel Bassett. Feel free to peruse the links to the right, or advance directly to my blog below. This outlet serves as a commentary on various topics. Headhunters may wish to advance directly to my Vitae.

Research

Formally trained as a political scientist, I am a young scholar with an eclectic background featuring politics, history, economics, geography, and sociology.  My current research focuses on urban revitalization in the global era.  As a teacher, I maintain a diverse set of lesson plans.

Politics

My political philosophy is built out of pragmatism.  I keep neither permanent allies no permanent enemies, and I fight passionately for consensus. I have worked on political campaigns since 1996.  I work for whom I believe is best for the position, instead of working blindly on behalf of ideology.

Creative

Via blogging (on this site and others), attempts at comedy, photography, cooking or live performance, I keep multiple irons in the creative fire.

  • Political Analysis

    SOTU – So What about the State of the Union

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    The State of the Union is often hailed as the “agenda setting” moment by the President for the next year.  In recent decades, the event has morphed into a political spectacle of sorts, with multiple channels covering the speech.  When the POTUS delivers the SOTU… so what?

  • Political Analysis

    The Structure Behind the Dysfunctional Gun Debate

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    On the surface, the gun debate in the United States is increasingly dysfunctional.  A majority of Americans appear to support certain laws, however Congress remains unwilling to act.  This discord occurs because the issue has been “captured” by an interest group which has created an iron triangle.

  • Political Analysis

    Election Cycle Predictions: 2016 Edition

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    The tradition continues!  Over the last several years, I have built a fairly good political weather vane.  With just over eleven months to go until the 2016 election, some bold and some not-so-bold predictions lie after adjustment.  (Spoilers: I smell realignment.)

  • Political Analysis

    Caucus and Primary FAQ

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    With the 2016 election calendar on the horizon, it is a good idea to examine just how important Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada are — and what “Super Tuesday” entails.  Here is are some frequently asked questions… What is a caucus? A caucus is a political meeting where people get together and decide the group’s preference for an… Read more »

  • Academic, Research, Urban Analysis

    Published – Urban Studies

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    Urban Studies, a leading academic journal in urban studies (creative name, right?), has published my article “Towards a unified economic revitalisation model: Leadership, amenities, and the bargaining model.”