Research has shown that detention before trials contributes to broader patterns of inequality in the criminal justice system. In new research, Brandon P. Martinez, Nick Petersen, and Marisa Omori look at how pretrial detention length contributes to this inequality. Their analysis of pretrial detention patterns in Miami-Dade County, Florida, finds that Black people are more likely to […]
Book Review: In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy by Katrina Forrester
In In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy, Katrina Forrester explores how John Rawls’s justice theory became the dominant way of thinking about institutions and individuals in the second half of the twentieth century. This important work sheds light on the conceptual roots of modern political thought while at the same time disclosing its limits, […]
Donald Trump has criticized Latino judges, but they are some of the most conservative jurists on the federal bench
During his 2016 election campaign and thereafter, Donald Trump criticized Latino judges, a distinct break from previous administrations which have increased diversity in the federal judiciary. But Latino judges may be beneficial to Trump’s Republican agenda. In new research, Scott Hofer and Jason Casellas look at the ideology of Democratic and Republican-appointed judges, finding that Latino judges from both […]
Donald Trump’s new refugee admissions cap is a record low, and a departure for a Republican president.
President Trump recently announced a dramatic fall in the cap for US refugee admissions. Shyam K. Sriram puts this policy change in context, commenting that while since 1980, the ceiling for refugee admissions has varied, it fell below 50,000 for the first time in 2018. Refugee admissions, he finds, have never been as low as they are now under […]
Most research finds little evidence that interest groups influence US politics, but that’s because it’s focused on the federal government.
There is widespread belief that interest groups such as gun rights associations, unions, and environmental lobby groups have significant influence on US politics. But, writes Sarah F. Anzia, because of a close research focus on the federal level, there is actually little evidence that this is the case. She writes that studying groups’ influence in relation to local and […]
In The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality, Katharina Pistor offers an expansive analysis of the construction of capital, showing legal coding to be at the heart of this process. This is a welcome interdisciplinary contribution which attaches fresh dimensions to debates on the political economy of wealth and inequality and will be a valuable resource for anyone […]
Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade
This year has seen several states adopt fetal “heartbeat” bills which would effectively ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Alex Garlick looks at why these bills are surfacing now, given that Roe v. Wade has been settled law for over 45 years. Drawing on a model of agenda setting, he argues that ambitious state legislators and Governors […]
This year has seen a number of mass shootings and attacks by those who are hostile to immigrants because of fears about racial and ethnic change. In a new study, Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad find that many Americans are concerned about Whites becoming a minority in the next three decades, and that their views on immigrants also […]
Public information campaigns work alongside walls, guns, and prisons to enforce the US-Mexico border.
The harsh enforcement practices surrounding and extending from the US-Mexico border have prompted widespread criticism from activists. But how else are the US government and local authorities attempting to dissuade potential migrants? Jill M. Williams takes a close look at more than two decades of public information campaigns aimed at convincing those from other countries from making the journey […]
In the aftermath of horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have signaled their openness to discussions with Democrats on gun control. But will the negotiations yield measurable results? Thomas Gift argues that the best chance for meaningful reform might be for Democrats to repackage the debate over […]