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    Civil unrest in Ferguson has parallels with the 2011 London riots

Civil unrest in Ferguson has parallels with the 2011 London riots

Taking a close look at the unrest in Ferguson, where an unarmed 18-year old Black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by a police officer, Tim Newburn writes that it has parallels with the 2011 London riots. Both were sparked by the oppressive policing of black neighbourhoods, but the most distinctive feature of the unrest in Ferguson was the militarised nature and reaction of […]

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    TTIP has the potential to be a forum which sets 21st century trade rules, but it needs more attention and support from the highest levels of government

TTIP has the potential to be a forum which sets 21st century trade rules, but it needs more attention and support from the highest levels of government

The United States and the European Union have been engaged in discussions over a free trade agreement, commonly referred to as “TTIP” – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. But after one year of negotiations and debate, is TTIP likely to get off the ground? Dennis Novy argues that TTIP is a long-run project that will likely take several […]

July 26th, 2014|Featured, USAPP|8 Comments|
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    In order to keep mass transit accessible, we must understand the relationship between gentrification and public transportation

In order to keep mass transit accessible, we must understand the relationship between gentrification and public transportation

Gentrification and access to the city is a key issue in many urban centers today. Annelise Grube-Cavers and Zachary Patterson examine the relationship between gentrification and access to mass transit in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. They find that exposure to a transit station is related to gentrification in Toronto and Montreal, but not in Vancouver. They call for more research on this subject, […]

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    People across the world are protesting their lack of real democracy

People across the world are protesting their lack of real democracy

In recent years the world has been shaken by protests, from the Arab Spring to the “Indignados” (outraged), from Occupy to food riots. Hernán Cortés Saenz looks at a recent study of more than 800 protests across the world since 2006, and finds that protests are increasing, especially in developing regions such as Latin America. He writes that these protests are […]

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    Tracking pupils may reduce social segregation in residential neighborhoods and schools

Tracking pupils may reduce social segregation in residential neighborhoods and schools

Perhaps the most common critique of tracking in schools is that it reinforces pre-existing inequalities by segregating pupils from privileged backgrounds away from the rest of the student body. However, in their new research Gianni De Fraja and Francisco Martinez-Mora find evidence that tracking may actually reduce neighborhood segregation, as it provides parents with an incentive to keep their children in schools in […]

March 15th, 2014|USAPP|0 Comments|
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    Public debt, GDP growth, and austerity: why Reinhart and Rogoff are wrong

Public debt, GDP growth, and austerity: why Reinhart and Rogoff are wrong

Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 austerity has been the cornerstone of economic policies in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, these policies were given a significant boost by the publication of research by Harvard University Professors Reinhart and Rogoff, which stated that cutting public spending to control deficits, would help to restart economic growth. Robert Pollin discusses new […]

March 8th, 2014|USAPP|4 Comments|

In democracies an effective media and opposition are both needed to sanction leaders’ foreign policy missteps

Common wisdom in international affairs is that when democratically elected leaders and governments make threats towards other states, these are credible; voters will punish leaders who do not follow through on their words. New research by Philip B. K. Potter and Matthew A. Baum argues however, that not all democracies are equal in the credibility of their threats of military […]

While soaring inequality set the stage for the 2008 financial crash, mainstream economists remained clueless

The restricted focus of mainstream economists has meant that not much attention has been given to the economic and social consequences of changing income and wealth inequality. Jon D. Wisman critiques their restricted scope and contends that it impeded them from seeing how 30 years of wage stagnation and soaring inequality were generating excessive speculation, indebtedness, and political changes that set the […]

February 8th, 2014|USAPP|2 Comments|