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    Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

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In The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy, Stephen M. Walt offers a character study of three US administrations and the vast network of think tanks and policy wonks that have influenced the trajectory of America’s recent foreign policy – from its political victories to its fiascoes. This book will be rewarding reading for […]

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    British public opinion and UK-US relations: ‘We like you a lot but we don’t much like your president’

British public opinion and UK-US relations: ‘We like you a lot but we don’t much like your president’

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Drawing on cross-national surveys, Ben Clements explains that in recent years the British have expressed high levels of positive sentiment towards the American people, they have been well-disposed towards the US as a country, but have been markedly negative about Trump’s presidency and policies.

The Trump presidency and its promotion of the ‘America First’ agenda, as well as the prospect […]

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    Traveling Supreme Court justices can shape public support for the Court in its favor

Traveling Supreme Court justices can shape public support for the Court in its favor

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The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are not bound to stay silent – every year the nine justices give speeches and talks across the country. In new research, Christopher Krewson examines the effects these speaking events can have on the public’s opinion of the Court. Through a survey of law students, he finds that respondents’ were more […]

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    Racial bias means people of color are excluded at each stage of buying a house, helping housing inequality to persist  

Racial bias means people of color are excluded at each stage of buying a house, helping housing inequality to persist  

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In new research, Elizabeth Korver-Glenn examines why racial residential segregation has become such a stubborn problem in America – and in some cases has actually gotten worse. Using ethnographic research of real estate agents, developers, lenders, and appraisers in Houston, Texas, she finds that their routines and policies often exclude people of color as prospective home buyers based on […]

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    To pass climate legislation, Democrats should link it with labor protection

To pass climate legislation, Democrats should link it with labor protection

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Alleviating climate change by moving to a carbon-neutral economy will not come without cost – those employed in carbon-intensive industries are likely to experience job losses and dislocation, and this can have electoral implications for those that represent them. By studying 2009’s American Clean Energy and Security Act, Daniel Yuichi Kono finds that lawmakers who represented districts with more […]

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    Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

Five minutes with Peter Trubowitz: “The timing of Trump’s UK visit turns out to be a very good way for the President to take the American public’s attention off problems at home”

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This week President Trump is in the UK for an official state visit. LSE US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz comments that despite promises of a ‘very good’ trade deal with the UK post-Brexit, Trump can’t guarantee anything without the support of the Democratically-held House of Representatives. 
Why is President Trump coming to London?
Certainly, it’s not to get anything done on […]

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    Book Review Forum: Legacies of Losing in American Politics by Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow

Book Review Forum: Legacies of Losing in American Politics by Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow

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American politics is typically a story about winners. The fading away of defeated politicians and political movements is a feature of American politics that ensures political stability and a peaceful transition of power. But American history has also been built on defeated candidates, failed presidents, and social movements that at pivotal moments did not dissipate as expected but instead […]

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    How our social interactions influence our decision to buy a new home

How our social interactions influence our decision to buy a new home

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Investment decisions are not made in a social vacuum: what we hear from friends affects how attractive we perceive an asset or product to be, write Theresa Kuchler and Johannes Stroebel.

People regularly interact with their family, friends, and colleagues, but the effects of such social interactions on economic and financial decision-making are not well understood. Do such interactions influence […]

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    Today’s voter suppression in the South can trace a line back to the Jim Crow laws and lynchings of the 19th and 20th centuries

Today’s voter suppression in the South can trace a line back to the Jim Crow laws and lynchings of the 19th and 20th centuries

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For many, democracy is at the cornerstone of the United States, and yet in many Southern states, voter suppression occurs in election after election. In new research, Brad Epperly finds that in the pre-Jim Crow era, lynchings were much more likely in the lead up to an election, and that this relationship disappeared once Jim Crow laws were in […]

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    Worried about the amount of money in politics? Don’t blame large corporations or their leaders

Worried about the amount of money in politics? Don’t blame large corporations or their leaders

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In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that outside groups could spend money without limits on US political campaigns, opening the door to massive increases in independent campaign expenditures in the years that have followed. In new research Wendy Hansen and Michael Rocca find that despite concerns over the rise of corporate influence on politics, much of this increase in […]

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