Money in Politics

As far as I can tell there are no odds markets like, for Slovakia’s politics, but there are more traditional bookies that sometimes deal in politics.  In 2006 Tipos ( dabbled in parliamentary odds, but did a rather poor job such that straight betting on the poll averages allowed would-be-bettors to make money (  Now Nike ( has entered the fray with a presidential option.  This is probably a no-brainer since the election outcome is unlikely to change from current polls putting Gasparovic ahead, and betting on him at 1.2:1 would probably yield less than the transaction costs.  Still, I’ll try to follow these numbers and see if they change on a daily basis.  Here are the current odds:

Gasparovic, 1.2:1
Radicova, 3.5:1
Martinakova, 100:1
Miklosko, 120:1
Melnik, 800:1
Bollova, 900:1
Sidor: 1000:1

What makes the difference between Melnik’s 800 and Sidor’s 1000 is a curiosity, but I suppose if everybody other than Radicova was 500:1 it wouldn’t seem very interesting for the bettors.

Political Science 2.0: How Technological Change Affects Politics and Those Who Study It

Below please find notes for the talk I will give on March 31, 2008 at the Annual Doctoral Conference of the Poltical Science Department of Central European University. As befits the topic and this blog, I will be updating this page periodically to add resources and fill in the blanks. If you are reading this, I would appreciate your input in two ways:

  1. While availability permits, please take 5-10 minutes to answer a survey that will permit me to speak directly to the experience of current graduate students:
  2. Please leave comments in the designated section below. The more comments I can get beforehand, the better the presentation (and its successors) will be.

What’s a geek like me doing in a place like this…

I. Technology and Politics

II. The Web and Politics

III. Technology and Political Science

  • Working with words
  • Working with numbers
  • Working with others
    • Web 1.0
    • Web 2.0
    • O’Reilly on Web2.0
    • Wikipedia on Web2.0

IV. Web 2.0 and political science?

  • “Good News About What You Are Already Doing”
    • Folksonomies
    • Collective Intelligence
    • Distributed Processing
    • Reputation Economies
    • Object-centered social networks
  • Andrew Chadwick’s Furl list:
  • Andrew Chadwick explains his Furl list:
  • Jo Guldi explains how she uses in research:
  • Educause, Seven Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking,
  • Opportunities
  • Dangers
  • Obligations