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    Capitalism versus capitalism: Fox News and ‘strategic lying’

Capitalism versus capitalism: Fox News and ‘strategic lying’

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In the US, two election technology companies are suing right-wing broadcaster Fox News for defamation over the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election, when it broadcast stories about rigged voting machines. Bart Cammaerts looks at the implications of the cases for the relationship between capitalism, the media and disinformation.

Capitalism tends to have all the cake, eat it […]

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    What Happened?: In 2020, Iowa moved from swing state to safe state.

What Happened?: In 2020, Iowa moved from swing state to safe state.

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For many years Iowa has been considered a swing state and a bellwether state, indicating the political direction of the country as a whole. The 2020 general election, however, saw Republican successes across US House and State Legislative races. Andrew Green writes that the GOP has flipped the state from ‘swing’ to ‘safe’ by making gains among rural Iowans […]

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    Why Americans’ support for democratic values may not protect democracy in practice

Why Americans’ support for democratic values may not protect democracy in practice

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Former President Trump’s claims that he lost the 2020 election because of voter fraud, and the increasing number of states enacting voter restrictions have led to questions about the state of democracy in the US. In new research, Peter Hanson, Danielle Lussier, and Georgia Rawhouser-Mylet find that in general, support for democratic values in the US is robust. But […]

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    Building Back Better: Biden has taken some first steps towards a less inhumane and biased criminal justice system.  

Building Back Better: Biden has taken some first steps towards a less inhumane and biased criminal justice system.  

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With the end of the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, what progress has been made in reforming America’s criminal justice policy? As part of our Building Back Better series, Nicola Lacey writes that President Biden is moving to fulfil his election campaign promises with a range of criminal justice reforms including drug sentencing reform, robust gun controls, […]

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    Book Review: Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism by Christopher Marquis

Book Review: Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism by Christopher Marquis

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In Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism, Christopher Marquis offers a new study of the history of the B Corp movement as well as its goals, international expansion and its struggles, arguing that it has the potential to redefine capitalism based on principles of accountability, performance, standards and transparency. Marquis’s access to the movement and ability to write […]

Evangelicals and Their Politics: Dispatches from the Field

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In the 2016 and 2020 US Presidential elections, evangelical Christians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. Katie Gaddini unpicks the political relationship this type of Christianity had with Donald Trump, how it changed in 2020, and what it means for American politics moving forward.

On 15 June, LSE Religion and Global Society, together with the US Centre and Department of International Relations, […]

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    What Happened?: ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg has embraced the idea that infrastructure policy can bring about social change.

What Happened?: ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg has embraced the idea that infrastructure policy can bring about social change.

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The position of Secretary of Transportation typically has a much lower profile compared to other US Cabinet positions. But it still has power and influence and is now at the centre of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Emanuele Monaco writes that the new Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, will use the office to help Joe Biden fix […]

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    In explaining the rise of populism, it’s not economic anxiety vs. identity politics – it’s both.

In explaining the rise of populism, it’s not economic anxiety vs. identity politics – it’s both.

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Many commentators attributed Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 election victory to the role played by voters heavily affected by deindustrialization, often located in the so-called Midwestern ‘Rust Belt’. In new research which examines voting patterns in counties which have experienced manufacturing layoffs, Leonardo Baccini and Stephen Weymouth find that that these layoffs are associated with greater support for Republican challengers […]

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    Book Review: Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law edited by Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

Book Review: Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law edited by Oonagh E. Fitzgerald

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In Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law, editor Oonagh E. Fitzgerald brings together contributors to explore how the notion of corporate global citizenship has enabled corporations to evade responsibilities and liabilities and block or weaken measures that might increase corporate accountability. This volume serves a valuable purpose in demonstrating the far-reaching and multi-faceted problems surrounding the governance […]

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    Book Review: The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information by Craig Robertson

Book Review: The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information by Craig Robertson

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In The Filing Cabinet: A Vertical History of Information, Craig Robertson presents a history of the storage and circulation of documents in early-twentieth-century US offices, showing how the filing cabinet reconfigured office architecture, working conditions and the very definition of information. Revealing the unspooling consequences of the adoption of the filing cabinet by US business, this enjoyable and well-presented book will particularly […]

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