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    The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

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If democracy is to be representative, then public policies should reflect what the public wants. But how do we determine whether or not this is the case? Christopher Wlezien takes a close look at policy representation, arguing that it can be very hard to assess given that support for and opposition to a specific policy may not reflect what […]

A few changes at the USAPP blog

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Managing Editor of the USAPP blog, Chris Gilson, outlines some changes to the blog that readers will be seeing over the next few months.

This week we’ll be introducing a few changes to the USAPP blog; don’t worry, we’re not going away! I am, however, going on paternity leave, and my US Centre colleague, Sophie Donszelmann will be taking over […]

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    Southern Blacks who feel powerless and disadvantaged are less likely to support immigration

Southern Blacks who feel powerless and disadvantaged are less likely to support immigration

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Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory and subsequent presidential administration have been marked by increasingly harsh rhetoric against immigrants, especially those from Latin America. In new research, Betina Cutaia Wilkinson and Natasha Bingham examine the attitudes of African Americans living in the South towards immigrants. They find that when Southern blacks feel powerless, disadvantaged and sense that their group is […]

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    Political parties shape public opinion, but their influence is limited.

Political parties shape public opinion, but their influence is limited.

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Do people’s opinions on policy debates follow those of the political party they support? In new research using a nationally representative survey, Kevin J. Mullinix finds that knowing that their party supports certain legislation means that people are more likely to support that legislation, and that this effect is more pronounced when parties are highly polarized. This effect is […]

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    Voters’ ignorance means that many corrupt politicians get to stay in office

Voters’ ignorance means that many corrupt politicians get to stay in office

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In the US Congress, involvement in a corruption scandal is by no means the end to a legislator’s political career, with 60 percent of those implicated in such scandals going on to win reelection. So why do politicians get away with corruption? In new research which examines more than 130 Congressional corruption cases over 35 years, Marko Klasnja finds […]

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    Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Book Review: Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

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In Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, Michael Engelhard takes readers on an encyclopaedic journey through time and space to explore the iconic positioning of the polar bear as food, enemy, spirit guide, monster, trade good and symbol of environmental crisis, amongst others. This is a beautifully illustrated and carefully curated book, offering comprehensive and fascinating insight into this […]

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    Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

Book Review: In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime by Michael W. Flamm

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In In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and The War on Crime, Michael W. Flamm draws on personal narratives and archival evidence to outline the development of the New York Riots of 1964 — instigated by the shooting of the fifteen-year-old black teenager, James Powell, by a white police officer — and their wider repercussions on the […]

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    Will the review of the Dodd-Frank Act start a regulatory competition with the EU?

Will the review of the Dodd-Frank Act start a regulatory competition with the EU?

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A race to the bottom in regulation would weaken the global financial system and make crises more likely, writes Markus Demary.

The US-President has signed an executive order which directs the US Treasury department to revise financial regulation, especially the Dodd-Frank Act. But starting a regulatory competition with the EU will endanger global financial stability.

 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and […]

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    How state takeovers undermine the principle of municipal home rule.

How state takeovers undermine the principle of municipal home rule.

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Recent years have seen high profile cases of municipal government failure and state takeover in American cities like Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Ashley E. Nickels writes on why we should be concerned about threats to local autonomy such as these, which can supersede local home rule. She argues that such state actions – which can remove municipalities’ fiscal management […]

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    The Trump administration is likely not made up of Holocaust deniers. But they do need the support of those who are.

The Trump administration is likely not made up of Holocaust deniers. But they do need the support of those who are.

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This week Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer caused controversy by suggesting that the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad was worse than Adolf Hitler in his use of chemical weapons, effectively ignoring the fact that the Nazi leader had used such weapons against German Jews during World War II. Ben Margulies writes that while it is possible Spicer simply made […]

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