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We Don’t Know How Democracies Die

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Since the election of Donald Trump, many have expressed their concern that the United States could slip into an authoritarian backslide. Emily Holland and Hadas Aron react to this claim, most notably asserted in Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt’s new book, ‘How Democracies Die,’ noting that the decline of one of the most stable, long-lasting democracies in the world […]

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    Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

Generic ballot measures, party candidate recruitment and the coming 2018 wave

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Using data on generic ballot results back to 1954, Dan Cassino argues that generic ballot measures are most useful in identifying the quality of candidates recruited by a party, not necessarily the outcome of the race. With Republicans expected to slightly underperform their standing on the generic ballot measure this year, the 2018 midterms could look like a wave […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.9 What can be done about fake news?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.9 What can be done about fake news?

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Fake news has taken the world and especially America by storm, and in this episode, we talk with two academics who are part of LSE’s effort to define and address this threat to society. We talk with Charlie Beckett and Sonia Livingstone about fake news: what it is and what we can do about it.

This episode features Professor Charlie […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

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With the skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths in the US, John Collins and Alex Soderholm of the International Drugs Policy Unit join us to dissect the key questions behind this epidemic: what’s at the root of this opioid crisis? Where are these drugs coming from? And what can the US do about it?

This episode features Dr […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.7 The Rural-Urban Divide

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The distance between America’s rural and urban communities have become a pivotal element of politics and elections. Professor Kathy Cramer has spent the last decade investigating the attitudes and identities that have contributed to this divide, and in this episode, we dive into that work with her and PhD candidate Tory Mallett.

This episode features Kathy Kramer, Director of the Morgridge […]

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    Our personality affects our ability to connect our policy preferences to the correct political party- and that’s a problem for democracy.

Our personality affects our ability to connect our policy preferences to the correct political party- and that’s a problem for democracy.

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Functioning democracies require voters to connect their own personal and subjective policy preferences to the political party that best represents them. Aaron Dusso’s new book examines how individual psychologies and people’s tendencies to be introverted or extroverted affects their ability to match their policy preference to the correct political party. He finds that the more extroverted one is, the […]

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    The money bail system places undue burden on the incarcerated poor- but risk informed release can change that

The money bail system places undue burden on the incarcerated poor- but risk informed release can change that

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The money bail system widely used throughout the American criminal justice system requires a defendant to pay a specified sum of money or await their trail from a jail cell, placing undue burden on the poor. New research by Dottie Carmichael, Heather Caspers, Nicholas Davis, Trey Marchbanks, George Naufal and Steve Wood focuses on the use of validated risk […]

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    Trump supporters’ resistance to social justice efforts is driven by their meritocratic ideology, not bias.

Trump supporters’ resistance to social justice efforts is driven by their meritocratic ideology, not bias.

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Trump supporters are more resistant to social justice efforts than other Americans, but not because of bias. Rather, many Trump supporters are “rugged meritocratists”- those who resist social justice efforts because they believe that American society is already fair. Erin Cech argues that if rugged meritocratists are to heed calls for social justice, they must first be convinced that inequality actually […]

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    Public opinion is less supportive of redistribution and social security in the US than in Europe – but many US citizens want to see more done to reduce poverty and inequality

Public opinion is less supportive of redistribution and social security in the US than in Europe – but many US citizens want to see more done to reduce poverty and inequality

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Congressional Republicans failed to repeal and dismantle Obamacare this past August, which has once again put the spotlight on how difficult it is to reach an agreement about health care coverage for US citizens. This lies in stark contrast to policies in most countries in Western Europe, where universal health care coverage is taken for granted. How can we […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

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The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far […]

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