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    Primary Primers: While Trump plays on stereotypes about women to attack her, Kamala Harris signals that she will fight for the ‘new’ American family.

Primary Primers: While Trump plays on stereotypes about women to attack her, Kamala Harris signals that she will fight for the ‘new’ American family.

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What can Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ speech at the Democratic National Convention in August tell us about how she will campaign heading into the November presidential election? Emilia Belknap writes that Harris’ speech gave insights into how she views the American family and discusses how Harris has picked up familiar gendered themes since her presidential campaign. Additionally, Belknap […]

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death casts a shadow on the 2020 election—but nowhere more than on the Supreme Court itself

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death casts a shadow on the 2020 election—but nowhere more than on the Supreme Court itself

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week, with the public narrative quickly shifting away from a remembrance of her legacy to how the political battle over her replacement would affect the presidential election. Lauren C. Bell reflects on the important legacy of an ‘unlikely icon’, and how Ginsburg’s death has placed the US Supreme Court at […]

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has brought politics back into the election race

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has brought politics back into the election race

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The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week has further shaken up an already volatile presidential election. Julie Norman writes that Republican moves to fill Ginsburg’s seat quickly will put ‘culture war’ issues such as abortion and the fate of the Affordable Care Act back on the table for this election, as well as reigniting debates […]

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    How Trump’s Supreme Court nomination fight could upend the 2020 election

How Trump’s Supreme Court nomination fight could upend the 2020 election

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The recent death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will set up a bruising battle in Washington over her replacement. With just two months to go before Americans casts their ballots on November 3rd, President Trump has insisted that he has the right to fill the vacancy, whereas Democrats argue that no new justice should be confirmed until […]

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    Why confirming a new Supreme Court Justice before the election could be a risky move for Trump and the Republicans

Why confirming a new Supreme Court Justice before the election could be a risky move for Trump and the Republicans

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This past Friday Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, creating an open seat on the nation’s highest court six weeks before the presidential election. In this Q&A, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz looks at how Joe Biden’s presidential campaign may try to counter Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and the potential risks and rewards for the […]

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    Book Review: Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form by Sianne Ngai

Book Review: Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form by Sianne Ngai

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In Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form, Sianne Ngai explores a pervasive and relatable aspect of everyday life under late capitalism: the ubiquity of the gimmick as a form that both seduces and repels. Tracing the gimmick through close readings of theory and case studies drawn from literature, art and film, this book is an incredible resource for […]

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    Book Review: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter

Book Review: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter

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In The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, Zachary D. Carter offers a new intellectual biography tracing the life and legacy of the influential economist, which argues that in the years since Keynes’s death, Keynesian economics has been stripped of Keynesian thought. Weaving together a dazzling array of Keynes’s private letters, journalistic works and academic research, […]

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    Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

Socially responsible practices are transmitted via international trade

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Emerging market firms use CSR as strategic investments to cater to stakeholder preference in the export markets, write Shantanu Banerjee, Swarnodeep Homroy and Aurélie Slechten.

Why firms engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) is widely debated, particularly in the context of the 2019 Business Roundtable statement by US chief executives, which redefined the purpose of a corporation as promoting an […]

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    Black Americans are pessimistic about the state of racial affairs in the US. But so are young whites. 

Black Americans are pessimistic about the state of racial affairs in the US. But so are young whites. 

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Fifty years ago the Kerner Commission found that many Blacks felt powerless in the face of unfair racial treatment and categorized twelve areas of grievance that fed into these feelings.  In new research, Theodore J. Davis, Jr. finds that Blacks (especially older Blacks) remain more pessimistic than Whites about the state of racial affairs in the US today. He writes that race still matters today, but it matters in ways that are very different from when the Kerner Commission report was released.
The 1968 Kerner Commission Report
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    How state governments talk about the COVID-19 pandemic helps them tackle it. 

How state governments talk about the COVID-19 pandemic helps them tackle it. 

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Much of the responsibility for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the US has fallen on states and their governments. Michael Mintrom and Ruby O’Connor write that the stories governors have told their citizens about their state’s COVID-19 policies have been incredibly important. They argue that in order to best aid the acceptance of often controversial policies, policymakers should strive to create consistent messages, crafted to local conditions and that align talk […]

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