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    In the 2016 presidential primaries, party nomination rules benefited Donald Trump and hurt Bernie Sanders

In the 2016 presidential primaries, party nomination rules benefited Donald Trump and hurt Bernie Sanders

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During the 2016 presidential primary season, both candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders expressed concern that their party’s nomination process hurt their chances of receiving their party’s presidential nod. But to what extent do party nomination rules help or hinder candidates? In new research which examines how representative state delegations to the 2016 nominating conventions were, James King finds […]

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    Hundreds of scholars have signed a statement defending the international institutions that Trump has attacked

Hundreds of scholars have signed a statement defending the international institutions that Trump has attacked

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In July, forty-two international relations scholars published a statement in the New York Times which argued that President Trump needed to do more to preserve the post World War II international order.  David A. Lake and Peter Gourevitch led the effort to publish the statement and argue why the president should consider their points of view. 

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    Even if they don’t win back Congress in the midterms, the Democrats may still be able to set the agenda  

Even if they don’t win back Congress in the midterms, the Democrats may still be able to set the agenda  

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Ahead of presidential elections, the Republican and Democratic parties signal their agendas by releasing policy platforms. But do parties’ promises to focus on one issue over others remain credible following the election? In new research, E.J. Fagan examines party platforms and Congressional roll call votes, and finds that the party which holds the White House does keep its agenda-setting […]

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    Why championing women’s rights abroad should be a central part of US foreign policy

Why championing women’s rights abroad should be a central part of US foreign policy

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During her tenure as Secretary of State, and later during her 2016 presidential election campaign, Hillary Clinton called for women’s rights to be central to US foreign policy. In new research Nilay Saiya, Tasneem Zaihra and Joshua Fidler find that improving women’s rights outside of the US actually helps to make the US safer; countries where women can be […]

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    BlacKkKlansman reverses film’s historic power narrative between Blacks and Whites

BlacKkKlansman reverses film’s historic power narrative between Blacks and Whites

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Spike Lee’s new film about the infiltration of the KKK by a black police detective in the 1970s, BlacKkKlansman was released this month. Christine Gallagher writes that not only does the film make allusions to the America of Donald Trump, it also reverses the previously powerful historic film binary where whites are sympathetic and blacks are portrayed negatively.

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    What Black Lives Matter can learn from the 1960s struggle for Civil Rights

What Black Lives Matter can learn from the 1960s struggle for Civil Rights

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For the past five years, the Black Lives Matter movement has attempted to tackle the systemic racism present in the US which dehumanizes and devalues the lives of its black citizens. Dewey M. Clayton writes that Black Lives Matter has a number of important parallels and differences with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Using evidence […]

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    To tackle the opioid crisis, the US should look to Switzerland’s successes with substitution therapy

To tackle the opioid crisis, the US should look to Switzerland’s successes with substitution therapy

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The US is facing an opioid crisis at a colossal scale. But Switzerland has been there before. Christian Schneider looks back to the policy innovations introduced to tackle the European nation’s opioid crisis in the 1990s. By implementing substitution therapy, heroin-assisted treatment and harm reduction measures, he writes, the US may be able to begin to get a grip […]

Book Review: The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

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In The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale offers an indictment of contemporary policing in the US, condemning not only the roles and actions of the US police, but also the extensive, growing reach of crime control and criminalisation processes. While the book cannot fully realise its ambition to envisage ‘policing without the police’, this is a welcome challenge to reformist thinking and […]

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    Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

Book Review: Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment by Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease

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In recent years, it has become painfully clear that isolationism, populism and Machiavellian realpolitik are challenging nearly every pillar of multilateral governance and liberal internationalism. If the institutions and practices at the core of cosmopolitan politics are to survive, it is a high time for some critical reflection. In Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment, Daniele […]

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    The potential to automate low-wage jobs in the U.S. and its impact on workers

The potential to automate low-wage jobs in the U.S. and its impact on workers

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Technological substitution in low-wage occupations is offset by the growth in similar paying jobs, write Daniel Aaronson and Brian J. Phelan.

The extent to which firms can substitute labour with technology is a longstanding question that has grown in policy importance as automation technology spreads to a larger range of jobs. In our forthcoming paper, we contribute to this important […]

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