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    With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

With their Obamacare replacement, Republicans are jumping blindfolded through the policy window

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Earlier this month, House Republicans released their proposed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare – the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With estimates that the bill may cause 24 million people to lose health insurance coverage gained under Obamacare, Philip Rocco writes that the leadership of the Republican Party is now faced with asking its members to vote for […]

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    Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

Book Review: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health edited by Vincanne Adams

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Metrics: What Counts in Global Health, a collection of essays edited by Vincanne Adams, looks at how the preoccupation with health metrics is distorting the way that healthcare is being funded and delivered, particularly in the Global South. Thomas Christie Williams hopes that the volume will encourage policymakers and researchers to reflect upon the potential consequences of ‘the numbers […]

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    The submerged politics of Obamacare may make it harder to repeal than Trump and the GOP realize

The submerged politics of Obamacare may make it harder to repeal than Trump and the GOP realize

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Next year will see the Republican Party control the presidency, House, and Senate, and they will likely waste little time before beginning to dismantle President Obama’s legacy, including signature programs such as Obamacare. Ursula Hackett argues that Obamacare’s ‘submerged’ delivery, via subsidies for individuals to buy insurance from private markets rather than direct government provision, may mean that the […]

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    States which have harsher incarceration and less generous welfare policies tend to place more children in foster care.

States which have harsher incarceration and less generous welfare policies tend to place more children in foster care.

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Across the Unites States, the number of children taken into foster care every year varies greatly. In new research, Frank Edwards take a close look at how this number is influenced by states’ criminal justice, welfare, and child protection regimes. He finds that states with more punitive criminal justice systems are likely to put 4.9 children per 1,000 into […]

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    Like women, men who are hands-on care workers also experience a wage penalty.

Like women, men who are hands-on care workers also experience a wage penalty.

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With the decline of the manufacturing-based economy there is evidence that more men are moving into care work occupations, jobs which have tended to be lower paid than others, when all factors are held equal. In new research, Janette Dill examines what happens to men when they enter feminized occupations such as care work. She finds that in lower-skilled […]

How government social programs can help reduce bullying

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Once accepted as part of adolescents’ school experiences, policymakers are now concerned with the causes and effects of bullying on other children and those who bully themselves. Bryan L. Sykes, Alex R. Piquero, and Jason P. Gioviano take a close look at how neighborhood and cumulative disadvantage, as well as participation in needs-based social programs, can work to increase […]

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    How giving help to others can help young people deal with their own addiction.

How giving help to others can help young people deal with their own addiction.

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Addiction is a significant problem among adolescents – it reduces academic performance, increases the likelihood of injury or criminal behavior, and has been estimated to cost US society as much as $500 billion every year. In new research, which builds on the idea that social connection and helping others can have benefits, Byron R. Johnson, Maria E. Pagano, Matthew […]

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    Ideology influences how Congress chooses whether to give grant aid to state governments or to run programs federally

Ideology influences how Congress chooses whether to give grant aid to state governments or to run programs federally

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When implementing policy, Congress can choose to allocate grants to state governments as grant aid, or for the funds to be administered by agencies at a federal level. In new research Stuart Kasdin and Federica Iorio look at how the dominant ideology of Congressional institutions affects the design of such programs. They find that when Congress and a federal […]

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    Federal agencies can ‘buy’ support in states, especially among citizens with whom they are ideologically aligned.

Federal agencies can ‘buy’ support in states, especially among citizens with whom they are ideologically aligned.

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Every year, federal agencies award around $1 trillion in grants and contracts. How do these awards influence public support for government agencies? In new research that examines how citizens evaluate the performance of seven federal agencies, Susan M. Miller finds that when an agency spends more money in a state, citizens’ evaluations of that agency improve. When citizens and […]

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    Growth in food assistance began well before the Great Recession, and was driven by a poor economy.

Growth in food assistance began well before the Great Recession, and was driven by a poor economy.

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Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the US government provides food assistance to those who need it. While the SNAP caseload increased markedly following the great recession, Caroline Danielson writes that this was actually a continuation of a trend which had begun in 2000. She argues that worsening local and state economies contributed to the increases in SNAP […]

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