In this section you can read recent expert commentary from LSE academics on important issues around American Politics and Policy. This section also contains reviews of recent books by LSE academics and book reviews from LSE staff and alumni.
The US spends nearly 18 percent of its GDP on health care, making it a real outlier among high-income countries in this area. But what is behind this unusually high level of health care spending? Irene Papanicolas investigates common beliefs about why spending is so high, including that US residents use more health care services, have poorer quality of care, and use ‘too much’ inpatient care. She finds that higher costs […]
An analysis of possible motives and what they imply for a possible EU reaction – by Stephen Woolcock.
Last Thursday President Trump acted to impose 25 per cent tariffs on steel and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminium. This action followed an investigation under Section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act by the US Commerce Department of whether […]
The Supreme Court’s ‘fair share’ case is an existential threat to public sector unions. But it may force them to engage and embrace choice.
The US Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case, which maintains that mandatory public sector union dues violate workers’ First Amendment rights. Jonathan E. Booth argues that despite the case’s free speech claims, such ‘fair share’ fees actually enhance the voice and representation of workers. He writes that if the Court finds […]
On Tuesday January 30th, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. We asked LSE experts to give their rapid reaction to the speech. Read the State of the Union address here.
A scripted 80 minute speech does not portend a departure from the chaos of Trump’s presidency: Brian Klaas– LSE Government
On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, the future of the transatlantic relationship is as uncertain as ever. According to Lisa ten Brinke, the rift between the EU and the US began before Trump entered the Oval Office, and this is not likely to change any time soon.
Just over one year ago, the world watched as Donald Trump […]
Advances in data analysis and visualization now mean that members of the public can be far more informed about the intricacies of politics and the records of those who represent them. Gokhan Ciflikli discusses his new interactive tool, adavis, which shows seven decades of data on Congressional voting records and which allows users to examine how party and politicians’ ideologies have […]
Unlike Bush and Obama, Trump’s zero-sum worldview is severely hampering America’s counterterrorism efforts
In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed to “eradicate completely… Radical Islamic Terrorism”. Jonny Hall writes that while Trump’s rhetoric against terrorism is not an enormous change from that of the Bush or Obama administration, what is very different is how Trump’s perspective informs American counterterrorism policy. Trump’s zero-sum worldview, he argues, largely ignores the ’causes’ of […]
Next week sees Seattle residents go to the polls to elect a new mayor and City Councillors. Tory Mallett writes that what makes this election worth watching is that in Seattle, voters are able to ‘spend’ up to $100 on contributions to candidates’ campaigns via a property-tax funded voucher scheme. While the system may appear to enhance democracy by […]
Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.
Last week, President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis to be a “public health emergency”, announcing measures to tackle the problem including expanding access to treatment. John Collins writes that, in a positive and perhaps surprising move, in its interim report, Trump’s Commission did not mention drug courts, a politically popular approach to tackling substance-abuse. He argues that drug courts, […]
A generous welfare state can help reduce unemployment – if there are good job opportunities for the jobless.
Are state unemployment benefits a safety net or a hammock for the lazy? In new research, Thomas Biegert explores the effects of benefits on job seekers in 20 European countries and the US. He finds that in some countries, generous benefits are linked with high unemployment rates, while in others, the opposite is the case. This difference, he […]