What strikes me the most about this information is that it calls into question a long held “truth” of political science: that the Cold War was a period of exceptional stability. Political scientists even call this era “The Long Peace.” While there may be evidence that the Cold War helped suppress international conflicts, it may have also bred volatile domestic situations, particularly in the non-aligned third world. I think that this is frequently over looked by historians and political scientists, and further study on this topic could fundamentally change our view of the Cold War.
The average size of congressional districts is about 700,000 people, and counting. The growth of congressional districts makes the House of Representatives less representative. This blog post looks at why Congress doesn’t grow along with the population and what impact that has on government.