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    Welfare fraud investigations take advantage of close relationships and social media to turn the personal into the penal

Welfare fraud investigations take advantage of close relationships and social media to turn the personal into the penal

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US state governments maintain dedicated units aimed at detecting fraud in welfare services like SNAP. Spencer Headworth writes that these units solicit voluntary informants and co-opt neutral and positive social ties between people to find out about potential fraud. He argues that taking advantage of social ties in this way can undermine or even destroy the very relationships between […]

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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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    Not only is President Trump’s infrastructure plan dead in the water, it would do little to solve the fundamental problems facing the US infrastructure system

Not only is President Trump’s infrastructure plan dead in the water, it would do little to solve the fundamental problems facing the US infrastructure system

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Earlier this month President Trump walked out of discussions with Congressional Democrats over his administration’s infrastructure plans. But why is the country’s crumbling infrastructure proving so hard to fix? Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf writes that the US infrastructure system is fragmented between federal and state governments in both funding and administration. She argues that by leaning on private investment, Trump’s […]

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    When the Supreme Court is under siege from Congress, the Chief Justice strikes down fewer laws

When the Supreme Court is under siege from Congress, the Chief Justice strikes down fewer laws

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As we enter the 2020 primary season, many Democratic candidates have suggested measures to reform the Supreme Court, such as increasing the number of Justices. In new research, Alyx Mark and Michael A. Zilis examine how Chief Justices respond to such legislative threats to curb the Supreme Court. They find that when Congress’ Court-curbing tendencies are their highest, Chief […]

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    Book Review: The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-Prison Nexus by Subini Ancy Annamma

Book Review: The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-Prison Nexus by Subini Ancy Annamma

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In The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-Prison Nexus, Subini Ancy Annamma explores the processes and social factors that place the bodies of multiply-marginalised dis/abled girls of colour in the US criminal justice system, putting their voices at the centre of the book. This is a valuable intersectional view of the prison-school nexus that depicts how justice is […]

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    Book Review: Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics by Catherine Lu

Book Review: Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics by Catherine Lu

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In Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics, Catherine Lu examines a foundational question in international ethics: namely, how should we respond to political catastrophes, most particularly the legacies of colonial injustice? The book offers a fresh perspective on global justice, responsibility and reconciliation, writes Marija Antanaviciute, that orients attention from an emphasis on individual accountability to explore strategies for addressing […]

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    In many states, simple elections to keep or fire judges have become a partisan mess.

In many states, simple elections to keep or fire judges have become a partisan mess.

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In many US states, rather than facing partisan elections, judges are subject to a yes/no referendum from voters. David Hughes writes that these retention elections were introduced to take the politics out of judicial elections. In new research, he finds that despite this intent, judicial retention elections have become increasingly partisan over the last decade, leading to increased campaign […]

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    Why the 2017 Muslim Travel Ban could be a blessing in disguise for American Muslims

Why the 2017 Muslim Travel Ban could be a blessing in disguise for American Muslims

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Two years ago this week, President Trump introduced an entry ban for all Syrian refugees and those from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order was widely condemned by many, both in the US and internationally, but Nour Halabi suggests that it may have had a silver lining. Through her research on, and conversations with, Muslim Americans she finds that the […]

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    Book Review: Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism by Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall

Book Review: Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism by Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall

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In Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism, Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall explore the ‘boomerang effect’ whereby what the United States sends out in the form of a militaristic foreign policy eventually comes to affect domestic institutions and policies. This is a masterful analysis, finds Courteney J. O’Connor, that will be of particular use to students and practitioners […]

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    Trump’s immigration speech shows he knows he is losing the shutdown

Trump’s immigration speech shows he knows he is losing the shutdown

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Last night President Trump gave the first national televised address of his presidency, calling on Congress to end the ongoing government shutdown by funding his plans for $5.7 billion wall at the US-Mexico border. Director of the LSE’s US Centre, Peter Trubowitz, writes that the president’s decision to make the speech now is an acknowledgement from Trump that time is […]

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