Today the London School of Economics launches a new multi-disciplinary blog: American Politics and Policy blog – USApp will cover all aspects of governance, economics, politics, culture and society in the United States, and in its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico.
The Impact of Social Sciences blog warmly welcomes this addition to the academic blogosphere and USApp’s stated intent to increase the public understanding of social science in the context of American politics and policymaking.
Today’s post: Saskia Sassen looks at Detroit and Chicago and explores how their historic industries have shaped their divergent economies.
Here are some archived posts to browse:
Five minutes with Noam Chomsky – “Europe is pretty much following behind US policy, no matter what that policy is”
The General Assembly of the United Nations voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state. Noam Chomsky shares his views on the vote and Europe’s wider response to the Israel-Palestine crisis.
The revelations over PRISM show that we need a stronger political commitment to privacy protection in Europe.
Recent weeks have seen revelations over the US government’s electronic surveillance programme, PRISM, with Europe being drawn into the controversy, as much of its communications are routed through the US. Christopher Kuner writes that the row over PRISM illustrates that government access to data is a global issue, and one that will have long term implications for privacy and data protection laws.
Why are conspiracy theories popular? There’s more to it than paranoia.
Conspiracy theories have long played a part in political debates. Joseph E. Uscinski assesses why the popularity of conspiracy theories has proven so resilient.
Here is more on USApp’s mission and focus:
USApp’s mission is to increase the public understanding of social science in the context of American politics and policymaking. Our focus is broad-based and multidisciplinary, covering all aspects of governance, economics, politics, culture and society in the United States, and in its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico.
We seek to contribute to a better informed public debate, to facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge between experts within and outside universities, and to open up the full richness of contemporary academic research so as to increase its perception and impact. We also seek to achieve a qualitative improvement in the British, European and rest of the world’s understanding of domestic politics in the United States at the level of states and major cities, and encompassing the full range of American social, urban and regional issues.
For more information please see About USApp.
They are also looking for contributions – click here to find out how to join in our conversation.