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    Book Review: The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist by Carol A. Stabile

Book Review: The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist by Carol A. Stabile

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In The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist, Carol A. Stabile explores the 41 women working in US television and radio who were blacklisted during the 1950s ‘Red Scare’, showing how the removal of these progressives from the media continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century. This is a fascinating and well-researched study, finds Max Lewontin, that contributes to the […]

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    Book Review: Global Health Governance in International Society by Jeremy Youde

Book Review: Global Health Governance in International Society by Jeremy Youde

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In Global Health Governance in International Society, Jeremy Youde reflects on the challenges facing global health governance and the future of international society. While this is a theoretically engaging and empirically informed study, Ioannis Papagaryfallou questions the solidarist approach of the English School of international theory within the text. 

Global Health Governance in International Society. Jeremy Youde. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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    How cities can avoid the pitfalls of ‘beauty contests’ to attract multinational investment

How cities can avoid the pitfalls of ‘beauty contests’ to attract multinational investment

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EU and UK cities need an evidence-based diagnosis of their ‘unique selling points’, writes Riccardo Crescenzi.

What drives foreign investment to some cities and regions of the world, but leaves others almost completely untouched? And what can cities and regions do in order to attract those investments?

Traditionally, scholars have tried to understand this by looking at things like market access, […]

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    Why a Trump self-pardon could leave him in the worst of all worlds

Why a Trump self-pardon could leave him in the worst of all worlds

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Continued links between Donald Trump and his former campaign manager (and now convicted felon) Paul Manafort have raised the possibility that Manafort may be holding out for a presidential pardon. But can a president pardon anyone for anything, and can they even pardon themselves? Looking to history, David Wise writes that the president’s power to pardon could be challenged […]

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    The Brexit mess shows how the UK’s referendum process could learn from California’s ballot initiatives

The Brexit mess shows how the UK’s referendum process could learn from California’s ballot initiatives

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This week sees the UK parliament knee-deep in Brexit related debates, all of which stem from 2016’s non-binding referendum. Erik P. Bucy writes the current rancor in the UK over Brexit is reminiscent of California’s difficult experience with its anti-immigration Proposition 187, which had been strategically pushed by a Republican Governor in 1994. He argues that the UK may […]

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    China and the US have a long history of cooperation on opioid control. The latest announcement is pure White House theatre.

China and the US have a long history of cooperation on opioid control. The latest announcement is pure White House theatre.

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This week at the G20 summit, President Trump announced that China had agreed that the export of synthetic opioids, namely Fentanyls, to the US would be curtailed. John Collins writes that the move is another political ‘sugar rush’ for the administration which is unlikely to address the US opioid crisis. Delving into the long history of US-China cooperation on […]

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    Book Review: The Quito Papers and The New Urban Agenda by UN-Habitat, Richard Sennett with Ricky Burdett and Saskia Sassen, in dialogue with Joan Clos

Book Review: The Quito Papers and The New Urban Agenda by UN-Habitat, Richard Sennett with Ricky Burdett and Saskia Sassen, in dialogue with Joan Clos

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Emerging out of UN Habitat III, The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda, authored by Richard Sennett, Ricky Burdett, Saskia Sassen and Joan Clos, provides a timely re-examination of the ideologies that have historically shaped global urban planning practices, offering a fresh perspective on embracing the urban in the twenty-first century. Combining rigorous academic research with policy recommendations, […]

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    Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems edited by Erik S Herron, Robert J Pekkanen and Matthew S Shugart

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems edited by Erik S Herron, Robert J Pekkanen and Matthew S Shugart

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Electoral systems are key components in the operation of representative democracies that vary considerably in their construction, with important consequences for how democracy is implemented. Ron Johnston reviews The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems which provides valuable overviews of many of the important topics studied by electoral system scholars, though he wonders about the relative value of such large […]

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    Why new tariff codes are necessary to improve trade and combat climate change

Why new tariff codes are necessary to improve trade and combat climate change

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Agricultural products are still traded with a generic tariff code that doesn’t differentiate biodegradable from non-biodegradable ones, writes Amanda Rosalia Aranda Novoa.

A key issue in the fight against climate change and for environmental protection is how to facilitate market access to environmental products (agricultural and non-agricultural ones). The world trading system has an alternative mechanism that can be very useful in that […]

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    How President Trump helped the media lose the 2018 midterm elections

How President Trump helped the media lose the 2018 midterm elections

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Historically, leading up to Election Day, media coverage tends to follow the polls: when one party is doing better with voters, the media’s tone tends to be more favorable towards them. But in a new analysis of news coverage of midterm elections since 2002, Stuart Soroka finds that the 2018 midterms were a different story. If the midterms had […]

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