LSE Comment

In this section you can read recent expert commentary from LSE academics on important issues around American Politics and Policy. This section also contains reviews of recent books by LSE academics and book reviews from LSE staff and alumni.

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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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    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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    United Airlines in-flight catering workers’ union victory shows there is hope in the face of employers’ anti-union campaigns and weak legal protections

United Airlines in-flight catering workers’ union victory shows there is hope in the face of employers’ anti-union campaigns and weak legal protections

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Last month, nearly 3,000 in-flight catering workers employed by United Airlines at six major US airports won union recognition after an election which was opposed tooth and nail by their employers. Lauren Burke writes that the workers were able to overcome a combination of heavy anti-union opposition from United and labor laws which largely favor employers by recruiting large […]

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    Americans have voted to put a check on Donald Trump and on his vision for the country

Americans have voted to put a check on Donald Trump and on his vision for the country

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This year’s midterm elections saw the US House of Representatives fall back in to the hands of the Democratic Party. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz writes that this election was driven by two very different visions for the country, and that the result has brought Trump down to earth just as other presidents have been in the past.

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

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As the midterms draw nearer, we’re zooming in on some of the most interesting races in the US. This week, we’re headed to Texas to learn about its uniquely individualist culture, what’s happening in its Senate race, and how the Lone Star State is poised to become an even more important player in national politics.

This episode features Peter Trubowitz, […]

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    Book Review: The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett

Book Review: The Sage Handbook of the 21st Century City edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett

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In The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett bring together contributors to explore the conditions that have emerged or intensified since the start of the new decade to shape cities today. While observing continuity as well as change when it comes to ‘the urban question’, Frederik Weissenborn recommends this volume for its breadth of […]

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    The results of next week’s midterm elections will either force Trump to play defense 24/7 or hobble the Democratic Party

The results of next week’s midterm elections will either force Trump to play defense 24/7 or hobble the Democratic Party

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This year’s midterm elections are some of the most important in living memory – but what are the US Congress, and Donald Trump’s presidency, likely to look like after all of the votes are counted? LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz foresees two likely scenarios – that the Republican Party is able to hang on to both the US […]

Eslanda Robeson – acting, activism, Africa and LSE

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In celebration of Black History month, Howard University’s Sherese R Taylor introduces the life of American anthropologist, author and civil rights activist, Eslanda Robeson, who studied at LSE in the 1930s.

Eslanda Cordozo Goode Robeson, also known as Essie, was an anti-racist, anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist, and feminist born in Washington, DC on 15 December 1895. She received a scholarship from the University of Illinois […]

2018 Midterms live blog with the LSE US Centre

Welcome to our live blog for the 2018 midterm elections. From 7pm UK time until the very early hours of Wednesday morning, the LSE US Centrewill be your go-to source for commentary and analysis on the vote and on the results as they come in.
Featured image credit: “”I Voted” sticker; N. Pleasant Street Amherst MA” by Léa Aliberti is licensed under CC BY […]

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    Trump’s tax cut was a well-timed giveaway for the midterms

Trump’s tax cut was a well-timed giveaway for the midterms

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When we talk about elections, the role of the economy inevitably looms large. Less than a year ago, Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill, which alongside increased spending, may stimulate economic growth until 2019. Linda Yueh writes that the Trump-sponsored tax cut and fiscal stimulus are likely to influence voters to a greater degree than the president’s […]

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