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    Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

Book Review: Heat, Greed and Human Need. Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing by Ian Gough

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In Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing, Ian Gough places climate change at the centre of his discussion of the social dimensions of wellbeing. The book offers important and deep insight into the relationship between climate change and the global capitalist economy, finds Marianne Takle, and explores how the former demands a qualitatively new agenda in order for […]

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    Book Review: Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life by The Foundational Economy Collective

Book Review: Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life by The Foundational Economy Collective

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In Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life, The Foundational Economy Collective present a radical new approach to economic and development policy based on ‘the foundational economy’ (FE): the material infrastructure and services that provide the basic requirements of life to all citizens regardless of income and location. John Tomaney welcomes this as a vital contribution to the urgent task of constructing […]

The WTO’s unfinished business

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Members have the opportunity to set their tariffs in a mutually beneficial manner, but little cooperation in tariff setting is actually observed, write Alessandro Nicita, Marcelo Olarreaga, and Peri Silva.

The ongoing international trade tensions between the US and a host of countries serves as a reminder of the importance of strong international institutions in helping avoid the escalation of […]

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    Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

Floods are not going to go away. Here’s how we can make them less costly.

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Devastating hurricanes in 2017 in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and the recent landfall of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas show that flood events are likely to affect the US with far greater frequency in the near future. Beverly A. Cigler takes a close look at why floods have become so much worse in recent years and what we […]

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    When US presidents push for regulatory reform, liberal agency rules may be first in the firing line.

When US presidents push for regulatory reform, liberal agency rules may be first in the firing line.

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One of the concrete achievements of the Trump administration in the last 18 months has been the rapid removal of a great deal of existing regulation. But what kinds of regulations tend to be recommended for modification or removal? Simon F. Haeder and Susan Webb Yackee have studied the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs or […]

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    Many Democrats think that the 2016 election result was rigged

Many Democrats think that the 2016 election result was rigged

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Previous studies have found that after an election, supporters of the losing candidate tend to be more likely to believe that votes were counted improperly. So how did Donald Trump’s claims that the 2016 election was ‘rigged’ ahead of his own victory influence voters’ perception of the election’s integrity? Using national survey data, Betsy Sinclair, Steven S. Smith and […]

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    Candidates in the upcoming 2018 US House election should communicate consistent and clear policy positions to maximize votes

Candidates in the upcoming 2018 US House election should communicate consistent and clear policy positions to maximize votes

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Communication strategies matter in elections. Candidates can be ambiguous in how they speak to the public by avoiding clear positions and strong statements or they can communicate by taking clear and consistent stances on issues.  How do voters respond to these different strategies? In new research Christine Cahill and Walter J. Stone find that voters tend to feel more […]

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    Book Review: The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era by Christopher W. Schmidt

Book Review: The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era by Christopher W. Schmidt

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In The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era, Christopher W. Schmidt offers a new account of the crucial civil rights protest inspired by the first ‘sit-in’ by four college students in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960. Focusing on the legal issues and constitutional challenges posed by the sit-in movement, the book is a valuable and accessible tool for […]

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    Book Review: Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology by Gary T. Marx

Book Review: Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology by Gary T. Marx

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In Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology, Gary T. Marx offers an in-depth examination of what it means to surveil and be surveilled in the contemporary era and how this is impacting the interplay of security, privacy and society. The book illustrates the slipperiness of the surveillance slope and the difficulty of assessing where and […]

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    Ten years from the crash: time to row back on financial regulation and compliance?

Ten years from the crash: time to row back on financial regulation and compliance?

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Misconduct flourishes in good times, and that’s when it’s most dangerous to drop your guard, write Geoff Meeks and Chander Velu.

The collapse of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008 was the most significant single event of the ‘Great Financial Crisis’ (GFC). In his new book, Crashed, Adam Tooze writes that, “After September 15, 2008, avoiding another Lehman became an […]

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